While recently in Coburg, OREGON we popped in to Marathon Coach to take a tour.
Located just off the Freeway, they offer free tours of their facility Monday through Friday at 11:30 AM.
Their custom designed World Headquarters provided insight to their Manufacturing, Sales and Service Divisions. The facility is built on 17.5 acres with approximately 160,000 square feet of production space, which house the specialized interior design studio, engineering hub, cabinet production, full-service exterior paint shop (with four paint booths), upholstery, nine bay service centre, extensive parts operation, composites and fabrication, metal working, solid surface counters, glass and mirrors, marketing, sales and head quarter operations.
Although all of production happens at the Oregon facility, they also have additional sales and service locations in both Texas and Florida … which comes in handy when you’re traveling !!
Marathon Coach was founded in 1983 and is the first and only company to build over 1,000 custom luxury bus conversions. In fact, their 1250th bus conversion is now in production, by far an industry record. It’s obvious … they’re technology driven.
All Marathon Coaches come equipped with the company’s patented TechLink electrical system, Crestron control system, 4K televisions and Freedom Plus (Marathon’s patented pre-connected sewer hose system).
It is their firm commitment to quality and excellence that has kept Marathon Coach at the forefront of the industry. While at the facility, we saw the new units along with ones currently being built.
Of course, as we walked through the facility, we couldn’t help but notice that the employees seemed happy to be there and vested in what they were doing. We soon learned that 22 Marathon employees have been with the company longer than current President/Owner Steve Schoellhorn, who joined Marathon in 1993. 103 employees have been with the company for more than 10 years. Now that’s impressive!
The fact that these houses on wheels are built from a Prevost Bus shell because they build the best conversion bus chassis with 304 grade stainless steel … INNOVATION!
Not everyone can afford a new bus so what was really cool was seeing the used ones for sale on the property … and the condition of the a unit we checked out was incredible.
If you happen to be in the area we recommend you stop in and check it out. Don’t forget to say you read about it on Our Crazee Adventure!
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