Custom Class A motorhome builder Euro-Liner LLC has purchased the Overland brand name and tooling, according to Eliseo Rodriguez, vice president of operations and an investor in the Elkhart, Ind.-based firm, which is majority owned by Peter Notel of Germany.
Overland coaches were built by Odessa Industries Inc. of Elkhart until it went out of business last summer. Euro-Liner bought the Overland brand and tooling from Odessa principal Verle Hochstetler on Jan. 25, Rodriguez said.
Euro-Liner paid a “very reasonable price” for the Overland name and tooling, Rodriguez added.
Euro-Liner plans to begin building Overland units in May or June. Currently, the company sells Euro Liner-brand units factory-direct, but Rodriguez plans to assemble a network of dealers to inventory Overland brand units.
Rodriguez has contacted Overland dealers and they will continue representing the Overland line only if it remains a highline diesel pusher. Consequently, Rodriguez said Euro-Liner will build Overland units as highline diesel pushers.
Dealers interested in handling Overland units, and consumers who currently own Overland units, are encouraged to call Rodriguez as (574) 296-1550.
Euro-Liner plans to market the Overland in the U.S., Canada and Europe.
Euro-Liner moved during November 2000 from a 13,000-square-foot building that it leased in Elkhart into a 19,000-square-foot facility that it owns in Elkhart. Adding Overland production will allow Euro-Liner to make better use of its additional manufacturing capacity, Rodriguez said. The company currently employs 10 people but it will add 12 to 15 more employees to build the Overland, he added.
Prior to Odessa, Overland was a brand built by the now-defunct Mallard Coach Corp. Hochstetler later acquired the Overland rights and began producing Overland units in 1996.