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MCI History

A U.S. company with headquarters in Des Plaines, Illinois, and plants in Winnipeg, Manitoba, and Pembina, North Dakota, Motor Coach Industries is North America's leading manufacturer of intercity coaches serving charter and tour operators; line-haul and scheduled-service operators; transit agencies; and conversion companies in the U.S. and Canada.

Harry Zoltok
Founded MCI in 1933

MCI traces its roots to Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, where, in 1933, repair shop owner Harry Zoltok introduced his first vehicle design, an 11-passenger body on a Packard chassis, sketched for his workers on the factory floor. It was that moment that the company then known as Fort Garry Motor Body and Paint Works Limited began a journey of growth and innovation.

The company took the name Motor Coach Industries in 1941, and remained a small regional builder of coaches until 1948, when Greyhound of Canada acquired 65 percent of the company. Ten years later, in 1958, Greyhound acquired the entire company, leading to some of the greatest advancements in models ever, including the very first 40-foot coach, the MC-6, which evolved into the MC-9, the nation's all-time best-selling coach until recently, when it was displaced by the MCI D-Series.

In 1963, MCI opened its Pembina, North Dakota, plant and entered the U.S. market. In 1987, the Greyhound Dial Corp. sold Greyhound Lines, and the two companies were officially separated. In 1993, Dial sold MCI as well. MCI moved its headquarters to Des Plaines, Illinois in 1996 and to Schaumburg in 2000. MCI introduced a new era in motor coach manufacturing with the 1997 launch of the luxurious E4500. In 2001, MCI launched the MCI J4500 model and renamed its existing models; the Renaissance became the E4500, and the D-Series 45-foot and 40-foot models became known as the D4500 and D4000, respectively. Today, MCI is focusing on merging luxury and eco-friendliness, with EPA-compliant clean-diesel engines with near-zero emissions and fuel savings along with hybrid and CNG options.

With nearly 2,000 employees, MCI operates six sales centers and seven MCI service centers in addition to its manufacturing activities and is a leading supplier of coach and bus replacement parts.

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