Marathon Coach Marking 20 Years at World HQ
According to a press release, the facility is built on 17.5 acres with approximately 160,000 square feet of production space. The company noted that the facility was designed to consolidate Marathon’s operations under one roof, and includes a specialized interior design studio, engineering hub, cabinet production, full-service exterior paint shop with four paint booths, upholstery department and nine-bay service center. In addition, the facility houses extensive parts operation, composites and fabrication, metal working, solid surface counters, glass and mirrors, marketing, sales and headquarter operations.
The company reported that 908 coaches have been produced at this location alone.
Marathon Coach’s original location in Eugene, Ore., employed approximately 20 workers in 1983. In the fall of 1988, Marathon moved production, interior design and additional offices to a new location, leaving the service center and paint at the original location. Although this move provided some much needed space for the growing organization, it divided the teams.
Robert Schoellhorn, former chairman and CEO of Abbott Laboratories, purchased his first Marathon Coach in 1991 and very soon after invested in the company. He decided creating a workspace comprehensive enough for all departments was at the top of his agenda. When it came to planning a facility, his intention was simple: Provide a place that allowed the growing team of employees to work together at one, state-of-the-art facility.
“This building is an expression of Marathon’s passion for refining processes and constant improvement,” said Al Christianson, vice president of Interior Design and Sales Support, and first employee hired by the company in 1983. “Even after 20 years of reporting to work at the Coburg location, I still look forward to each and every day. The pursuit of creating the perfect coach is a major driver in my motivation and this building embodies that. I believe this quest for perfection drives many of us at Marathon. It’s a journey.”
Marathon will be hosting summer long open houses with daily tours. Learn more at www.marathoncoach.com as well as Marathon’s Facebook and Twitter pages.