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05/12/2020

 


  Forest River acquires REV Group shuttle bus business


From Metro:

Forest River Inc. announced the acquisition of REV Group's shuttle bus businesses.

With a history dating back over 60 years, REV Group's shuttle bus brands have a reputation for performance, product quality, and unique features. With dealer locations throughout the U.S. and Canada, these businesses have a strong, tenured relationship with the commercial public sector.

"We are excited to welcome Champion Bus and ElDorado to Forest River. Both organizations have built a history of integrity, quality, and innovation and enjoy an excellent reputation in our industry today," said David Wright of Forest River. "As we navigate these challenging times, the addition of these historic and iconic brands to the Forest River family enhance our ability to provide products and a customer experience that is second to none. We look forward to working with our dealer partners as we better position Forest River's shuttle bus divisions for the future."

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Forest River Inc. announced the acquisition of REV Group's shuttle bus businesses.


 

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  How a Movement was Born - MR4A Rolls through Washington D.C. May 13.
  ABC Companies Spearheads Unprecedented Motorcoach Industry Rally - MR4A.


ABC Companies Spearheads Unprecedented Motorcoach Industry Rally - MR4A.


    From ABC Companies:

After seeing and listening to so many small business owners devasted by the COVID pandemic, ABC Companies was inspired to create a concept that would help them have a big voice with government. What initially began as a proposal shared with ABA and UMA, later married up with a very similar vision shared by the Ohio Motorcoach Association and the MR4A (Motorcoaches Rolling for Awareness) movement was born. Other key contributors including DATTCO and DC Trails quickly jumped onboard and helped to formulate ideas and strategize how bring the biggest industry social media "meet up" in history to life.

"The event coordination is being led by an all-volunteer group of individuals from multiple disciplines within the industry", said Thom Peebles, Vice President, Marketing, ABC Companies. "When Roman Cornell (ABC President and Chief Commercial Officer) and I first developed the concept, it was simply to help our industry get back on the road. ABC and the Cornell family have long believed that taking care of customers takes care of everything else and we couldn't just sit back and watch our industry, customers and friends be decimated by these shut downs".

According to Peebles, following the first meeting with ABA and UMA they were introduced to the President of the Ohio Motorcoach Association, Ben Bolog, who is an independent multi-generational operator and President of US Coach Tours. Bolog was also simultaneously developing the same concept ABC had brought to the table. All parties quickly recognized the obvious synergies of bringing ABC and OMA together.

As the teams synced up, the idea took root and all became hyper-focused on determining what it would take to pull it off. After consulting with different operators and associations, it was clear that the industry was primed for the idea and needed a method to funnel into action. The initiative was agreed to, named and a website set up all in the same day. Since that time, Roman Cornell has...

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  GoFundMe campaign launched to support motorcoach awereness event
 

  
     From Metro:

On behalf of the OEMs and operators who have volunteered their staff, resources and funds to make "Motorcoaches Rolling for Awareness" (MR4A) in Washington, D.C. on May 13 a reality, the event committee has agreed to launch a "GoFundMe" campaign. The campaign is designed to receive support that has been offered by numerous suppliers and industry advocates to offset the incremental costs incurred to make this a no-cost event for operator participants.

Overwhelming positive response from industry operators mushroomed the scope of the not-for-profit event quickly beyond what the all-volunteer committee team could finalize within a two-week window leading up to the May 13 rally, prompting the committee to secure a third-party media relations organization to augment efforts of all stakeholders including ABA and UMA. To date, thousands of dollars and man hours have been generously donated by the self-formed planning committee. Additionally, a collective, herculean media relations outreach has focused on local, state, and national media coverage of participants and the event, including all forms of press and social media.

MR4A is not an association or entity, and the GoFundMe campaign will potentially allow the committee to funnel support dollars back to those who have incrementally invested in the event. This includes logistical costs such as on-site traffic support and equipment, subsidized parking and event fees, additional vehicles, and support teams.

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