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A firm specializing in retrofitting, repairing and maintaining bus conversion motorhomes has opened in Columbus, Ohio, in the former home of decades-old bus converter Custom Coach.
The new firm is America’s Motor Coach Co., a unit of Midwestern Enterprises LLC, which is controlled by Ed Bowman, who also owns two auto collision repair shops in the Columbus area.
Bowman’s firm bought the former Custom Coach real estate this past summer during a Bankruptcy Court-supervised auction. While Midwestern Enterprises bought the real estate, Farber Specialty Vehicles, another Columbus area company, bought the Custom Coach inventory and brand name, said Chris Evans, who handles customer service for America’s Motor Coach.
Farber went into bus conversion production in the summer around the same time that America’s Motor Coach opened its bus conversion retrofit, repair and maintenance business, Evans said.
About a year from now, America’s Motor Coach might start building its own bus conversions, but most of its business will come from retrofit, repair and maintenance customers, she said.
America’s Motor Coach hired Custom Coach’s four service technicians, Evans said.
Custom Coach opened in 1955 and generally is believed to have been the first motorhome modification firm. It closed in May and was liquidated through bankruptcy proceedings.
Many Custom Coach owners continue to travel to Columbus so America’s Motor Coach can repair or upgrade their motorhomes, Evans said.