Highline bus converter Angola Coach Corp., Angola, Ind., recently delivered its first Prevost Class A motorhome since a new owner assumed control of the company in July.
“The old company was in some trouble financially,”said new Angola President Daniel T. Burtnette. “I was asked by the investors to look at the company as a consultant and see if I could fix it. It was beyond fixing.
“A friend of mine purchased the assets and the name and asked me to run the company for him,” Burtnette said.
As part of the arrangement, Angola also sold an RV dealership it operated in Lakeland, Fla., to concentrate on conversions.
“We are a conversion shop, and that is what we are really good at,” said Burtnette. “We will convert anything from a Prevost to a horse trailer, literally.”
The new company showed its first converted Prevost at the Family Motor Coach Association’s international convention in October in Hutchinson, Kan., and it also showed a unit at the Florida RV Supershow in January in Tampa.
Initially, the company is selling Prevost shells at cost and charging upward of $325,000 for the conversion, Burtnette said.
Burtnette said the company was able to hire most of the employees that were let go in May when the original company, founded in 1965, closed.
“If we hadn’t gotten the key people back and been able to keep the factory, we wouldn’t have opened the doors,” he said. “We are doing real well with service work, and our name is starting to get out there again in the industry.”