Our History

The Schmitty & Sons Story

Schmitty & Sons is headquartered in Lakeville, MN, our hometown since 1941.

Schmitty & Sons began back in 1941 when Wilfrid Schmitt “Schmitty” began driving for the Orchard Lake Co-Op, a local transit company. In 1952, Schmitty purchased his bus and started transporting children for Lakeville Schools. This tradition of excellence has allowed the company to expand and prosper throughout the years.

Expanding The Fleet

The fleet began as a one bus operation in 1952 and has grown to operate over 300 buses. The expansion has also opened doors for new areas of business in charter and public transit. In 2000, Schmitty & Sons purchased the rights to the Gray Line Tours franchise for Minnesota. Within Gray Line, we operate a large fleet of school buses, mid-coaches, and motorcoaches. Schmitty & Sons has also served in the public transit sector for over 20 years.

Branching Out

Our services now reach beyond passenger transportation to include our state-of-the-art repair and maintenance shop. We hire only the most experienced and qualified mechanics and body repair experts.

An Employee-Owned Enterprise

On January 1, 2016, owners Danny & Sue Schmitt proudly announced that the company is now an employee-owned enterprise. Danny and Sue truly believe that our company would not be allowed to thrive without our hard-working and friendly staff. Therefore this benefit is now available to qualifying employees. Both Danny and Sue are currently on the board of directors for the company.

“I used Schmitty & Sons for my wedding. They did a fantastic job. I had an issue with another transportation company and I reached out to Schmitty & Sons and they saved the day. They were so helpful and accommodating. They responded to emails quickly and efficiently. They did a great job on the day of and showed up when and where they needed to be. The guests had no issues with any of the transportation. I appreciated not having to worry at anytime about the transportation because they did such a great job!”

“We booked the trolley for our wedding and everyone complimented us on how cool it was. Our driver was very professional and respectful and was there to assist us in any way he could. Thank you!”

“We've worked with Schmitty & Sons for a few years now for annual large events. Their drivers are punctual, friendly, and super communicative. The lead-up and planning is also made easy with their friendly staff. We really enjoy working with them.”

“Efficient, friendly and clean service for our wedding day!! Thank you!!”

“We loved our experience from ease of booking to kind drivers who weren't on time- they were early!! Made our wedding day so seamless! Our bridal party loved the trolley and our guest had so much fun playing their own music on the school buses. You must book them!”

“Our very large group from Orlando, FL - that included over 40 kids had the best experience with Schmitty & Son's. We repeatedly changed our times, locations, etc over our 4 day stay and we were accommodated every time without problem. Our drivers were some of the nicest people we met here in MN, as well as the ladies answering our calls at all hours. We highly recommend and will continue booking with you during our annual visit. It was so nice to have stress free travel. Thank you so much!!”

COVID-19 Health & Safety Standards

At Schmitty & Sons, we want each of our drivers and passengers to know safety is our number one priority. We also want you to feel confident that we are taking the necessary precautions to promote safe travel for all of our students and passengers. That is why we remain committed to doing our part to maintain a clean, healthy environment on our vehicles.

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