131-Year-Old Plymouth & Brockton Street Railway to Change Owners

New owner says Anzuoni family members to remain in management roles…
South Shore entrepreneur Winthrop Sargent will serve as P&B's new Chairman/CEO (Courtesy of P&B)

PLYMOUTH, MA, - Plymouth & Brockton Street Railway Company (www.p-b.com), an independent, family-owned transportation business serving the South Shore, Cape Cod, and Greater Boston area since 1888, will have a new owner later this month.

Pembroke, MA entrepreneur Winthrop Sargent confirmed today that he plans to purchase the iconic business from the Anzuoni family, which has held ownership of the company for more than 70 of its 130+ years.  Current plans call for the transfer of ownership to take place in late April; and, before the transfer occurs, there will also be a hearing before the Department of Public Utilities (DPU) on April 9.

With this anticipated change of ownership, though, the existing leadership of the company – the Anzuoni family – will continue in management roles with the business.

Sargent, who is the founder and principal of Winthrop Capital, which provides financial and strategic solutions to a wide range of clients, will be the majority shareholder in the company and will have two additional partners who will along with him comprise the leadership team.

The sale price for the proposed transaction was not divulged. Sargent will serve as the transportation company’s Chairman/CEO. He will be joined in the management/leadership team by John Cogliano former Massachusetts Secretary of Transportation and Chairman and CEO of the Massachusetts Turnpike Authority, and Paul Fuerst, of Fuerst & Associates, P.C., a CPA tax advisory firm with offices in Norwood and Boston, MA.

Sargent said, “I’m especially pleased to report that the current leadership of the Anzuoni family will continue to be a key part of this company. We see this as a continuation of a strong and respected area business.” The acquisition will also include two other companies under the ownership of the Anzuoni family: Brush Hill Transportation, located in Randolph; and McGinn Bus Company of Lynn, MA.

Sargent said that, while the three companies will still operate independently, he anticipates greater integration of their services so that Plymouth & Brockton and its sister companies will become an even stronger, regional transportation company.

Plans call for all of the current employees, in excess of 100, to remain with the company under the proposed new ownership. Sargent said that the current leadership, which represents the third generation of the Anzuoni family, will continue to fill management roles. George Anzuoni and his brother Richard, who were the second generation of the family to lead the business, will also remain as part of the organization, serving on the Board of Advisors.

Sargent said he anticipates implementing a number of improvements, including modernizing the fleet of buses and other vehicles, technological upgrades and an overall effort to see how the company can further improve its service to the region. “We look to build upon the good foundation established by the Anzuoni family,” Sargent said, adding, “We are very pleased that they will continue to be an integral part of the organization. I am confident that we will build an expanded company that the region will be proud to support.”

Christopher Anzuoni, who serves as Vice President of Plymouth & Brockton, said, “We are all very delighted to join forces with Win and his team. Plymouth & Brockton has a strong history; although most people associate the company with our name, it had a number of owners before us, and we believe that this next step will be a good one for everybody.”

Sargent brings considerable business experience to the new venture. Winthrop Capital has grown through its work with banks, accounting firms and other professional services. The firm’s core services have included providing interim CFO service in an advisory role or in the repair of a company’s financials, or business systems, as well as underwriting, structuring and placement of both debt and equity capital, and working with firms in the mergers and acquisitions space.

About Plymouth & Brockton Street Railway Company

The Anzuoni family purchased Plymouth & Brockton Street Railway Company in 1948, two decades after P&B had converted from rail to bus transportation. Under their ownership, the company has grown to provide expanded transportation service to and from Cape Cod and across the South Shore, express service to Logan Airport and the re-introduction of trolley service in Plymouth.

In the years following the purchase of P&B, the family acquired the Brush Hill Transportation Company of Boston, McGinn Bus Company of Lynn and the North Shore Bus Company of Revere. The family was honored by transportation industry publication Metro Magazine in 1987 as having the 27th largest family owned bus company in the nation. The company traces its roots to 1888, when it was first named The Plymouth & Kingston Street Railway. In 1928 the electric trolleys ceased operation and were replaced by Mack buses.  Today, Plymouth & Brockton operates an extensive commuter service to Boston, including frequent trips to and from Logan Airport, as well as transportation service from Plymouth to the Cape and to Boston.  Plymouth & Brockton has more than 100 employees, and a fleet of modern motorcoaches, transit vehicles and trolleys, with terminal facilities in Hyannis and South Station, as well as company headquarters at 8 Industrial Park Road, Plymouth, MA. Motorcoaches and trolleys are also available for charter.


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