Staff Writer-Austin Business Journal
R&R Limousine and Bus is expanding rapidly due to an acquisition in San Antonio and organic growth here fueled by clients ranging from South By Southwest to the U.S. Department of Defense.
The company, which started eight years ago as a place to rent party buses, has since become one of the largest full-service transportation companies in Austin.
R&R has more than 70 vehicles ranging from motor coaches and limo buses to party buses and sedans, and 100 employees in Austin and San Antonio combined.
New acquisitions have been key in putting the pedal to the metal for R&R. The transportation charter company’s fleet increased by 30 percent after it acquired A-1 Limousine of San Antonio a little more than a month ago. It also took on the company’s 20 employees.
R&R owner Paul Arcediano said he had no intention of expanding into San Antonio before being contacted by the owner of the company, who also owned A-1’s Austin division, which R&R had acquired last year. Buying the Austin division was a strategic move that made R&R a player in the sedan and SUV business that it had previously struggled to get into.
Arcediano believes he can double the business in San Antonio in about a year, as he did in Austin.
“With only one other operator down there, there is a lot of opportunity,” he said.
The annual South By Southwest festival has provided R&R with plenty of opportunity to grow also. SXSW had contacted R&R, and the company started providing shuttle service between the convention center and hotels in 2009 to supplement cab service during the music portion of the festival.
In 2010, R&R doubled its number of vehicles dedicated to SXSW, from 15 to 30, and began service during the interactive portion of the festival. The number of vehicles serving SXSW nearly doubled in 2011 and again in 2012, when R&R was the official hotel shuttle for the festival.
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