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Highline motorcoach manufacturer Country Coach Inc., Junction City, Ore., welcomed U.S. Secretary of the Interior Dirk Kempthorne Thursday (July 13) for an extensive tour of the company’s facilities.
The swing through Oregon served as a prelude for the former Idaho governor’s first official trip as interior secretary, which focused on meeting with the U.S. Geological Survey scientists in Washington state who monitor Mount St. Helens for volcanic activity and work to increase understanding of Puget Sound.
Kempthorne, an avid outdoorsman and motorhome owner, received a first-hand look at the production and quality testing processes employed by Country Coach.
Country Coach President Jay Howard, who personally conducted the facility tour, noted: “Visiting with the secretary, I was pleased at his knowledge of and enthusiasm for our luxury motorcoaches, and for the recreational vehicle industry as a whole. It should be encouraging for our industry peers, as well as our motorcoach owners, to see an official at such a high level of our federal government recognize the value in the recreation experience we deliver.”
Howard also noted Kempthorne’s passion for ensuring that efforts continue to further accommodate motorcoaches and other RVs in the national parks.
“Our customers and Secretary Kempthorne obviously hold in common their love of the outdoors, and of our great land,” said Howard. “He is a motorcoach owner himself, and shared with me his interest in balancing accessibility with the purity of our national park experience.”