|Tour West President, Peter Shelbo, with new J4500|
Tour West America ropes first MCI® J4500
SCHAUMBURG, IL — July 12, 2012 — With its spirited horse-head logo, Tour West America has discovered why its new MCI J4500 coach is a perfect match. The company's first-ever J4500 coach has been charging ahead from day one.
"Passengers are pleased with their coach experience. I am especially pleased with the reliability of the coach," said Peter Shelbo, President of Tour West America, Inc. "After much consideration, we thought it was time to move to MCI. After six months I am confident we made the correct choice. We needed a coach that would help us deliver to our customers our pledge of Reliable Transportation — Outstanding Service."
Tour West America's new J4500 comes equipped with a Cummins engine featuring clean-diesel technology and an Allison transmission for near-zero emissions. The J4500 also has electronic stability control, fire suppression equipment and tire monitoring system. Tour West America added optional three-point passenger seatbelts.
Founded in 1983 in Yuma, Arizona, Tour West America got its start running fun coach trips for the increasing number of winter visitors enjoying the desert southwest. Three years later Shelbo and BJ Brooks acquired the company, eventually moving its headquarters to Phoenix and building the business to a fleet of 15 coaches, two mini-coaches and a shuttle bus.
"Charter service has outpaced our coach tours since those early years," Shelbo said. "We enjoy steady growth among all charter segments. Contract service is a recent addition to our service mix."
Shelbo also attributes the move to MCI to the professionalism of Dave Dorr, MCI's West Coast regional sales representative. "His approach was steady, keeping me up to date, and when the time was right, he was right there for us."
Also right for the company was a new spirited logo inspired by Brooks. Shelbo adds, "BJ is an Arizona native and she loves horses as much as I love buses! It was fitting that a company born in the Arizona desert be recognized by Arizona's first reliable transportation and a well know western icon."
Tour West America is a member of UMA, ABA and SYTA. Shelbo is a board member of the Motor Coach Marketing Council. The company also participates in a Spader 20 group. To learn more, visit www.TourWestAmerica.com.
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