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Company buys room to grow

The purchase shows a long-term commitment to Pasco County, Marathon Coach officials say.

By CHASE SQUIRES

© St. Petersburg Times, published April 11, 2000


SAN ANTONIO -- Oregon-based Marathon Coach Inc., which sells and services customized luxury buses, has bought 4 acres for future expansion adjacent to its location at the One Pasco Place business park, the company announced Monday.

Company sales representative Mark Cascio said Monday there are no immediate plans to expand operations at the State Road 52 location, but the land purchase demonstrates the company's commitment to Pasco County and its belief that the company's future is at One Pasco Place.

"In the short time we've been here, we've already outgrown our facility," Cascio said.

Eventually, he said, the company will use the newly acquired land to add to the business.

The business park location is perfect for Marathon Coach, Cascio said. The location allows buyers easy access to Interstate 75 and the Flying J truck stop, he said.

Marathon Coach converts primarily Prevost brand bus chassis into luxury living and business accommodations for private buyers, corporations, race teams and celebrities, a company news release says.

Headquartered and with manufacturing based in Coburg, Ore., the company has produced about 700 motor coaches and employs about 400 workers.

The company began operations in Oregon in 1983 and opened an outlet in Tampa in 1994 before moving that branch to One Pasco Center in 1997.

Marathon President Charlie Myers said in a prepared statement, "This land purchase represents our belief in the continued growth of the luxury bus conversion market, as well as the continued growth of our Florida sales and service facility."

Terms of the deal were not released.

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