Today’s video features a segment from Discovery Channel’s Destination America Network’s “Epic RVs” that showcases Millennium Luxury Coaches. To view the video scroll down the right side of the RVBUSINESS.com home page of click here.
Prevost Car Inc. engineers and management were recently present at Millennium Luxury Coaches’ manufacturing and sales facility in Sanford, Fla., for an inspection and review of the company’s “controversial modification to relocate the Diesel Exhaust Fluid (DEF) inlet to the driver’s side of the coach,” according to a press release.
Prevost, a fully owned subsidiary of the Volvo Bus Corp., uses EPA 2010 compliant Volvo D13 engines in chassis for motorcoach conversion use, which includes the mandated DEF system. The chassis are constructed with the DEF fill inlet on the passenger’s side of the coach. Fill stations, which have recently started installing DEF pumps, are placing them on the driver’s side.
Responding to the challenge, Millennium, which uses Prevost chassis exclusively, developed its driver’s side DEF inlet. “After four revisions and countless hours at the fuel pump we have developed the only successful relocation of the inlet fill port for the Prevost DEF system,” said Nelson Figueroa, president of Millennium.
While there was little dispute that Millennium’s relocation worked, the company said that many in the industry doubted whether Prevost’s warranty would still remain intact after such a modification. A team of Prevost engineers and senior management, after an on-site visit and thorough inspection, determined that the Prevost warranty on DEF-relocated Millennium coaches would not be affected.
“We never had any doubts that our modification wouldn’t hold up to Prevost’s scrutiny, but it’s great to officially hear that our customers won’t have to worry about any warranty issues down the road, and can focus on what’s important, enjoying their coach,” stated Figueroa.
Sanford, Fla.-based Millennium Luxury Coaches was recently visited by a crew from Tremendous Entertainment, best known for producing the popular “Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern” for the Travel Channel. According to a press release, Millennium will be featured on the episode entitled “My Million Dollar” to air on Destination America, the new cable TV channel from the Discovery Channel.
The two-day shoot took place at Millennium’s manufacturing facility in central Florida, where the crew captured footage of all of the “craftsmanship, technology and innovation that’s involved in building a Millennium Prevost Bus conversion.” They then went on the road with the Millennium owners Nelson and Evelyn Figueroa to Mt. Olive Shores North, an RV community, to demonstrate an array of new features found on the latest Millennium models.
“It’s taken hard work and 100% commitment to the product and the client to become the No. 1 converter in this industry,” said Nelson Figueroa, president. “And we didn’t do it alone. Our team of dedicated craftsman bring passion to the playing field every day.”
The air date has yet to be announced for the episode, but is expected to take place in the fall. In addition to Millennium, the show will feature other extravagant, multi-million dollar prized possessions and the people that make them. For more information,call Millennium Luxury Coaches at (877) 322-0190 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Millennium Luxury Coaches has made its luxury Prevost conversions more accessible to the Canadian market by satisfying the compliance requirements for bringing product into the country.
According to a press release, after months of rigorous testing and documentation, Millennium is now pre-approved to be in compliance with all applicable Canadian Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (CMVSS) and meets all requirements of Canada’s Motor Vehicle Safety Act (MVSA). As a result, the Sanford, Fla.-based company has been added to Transport Canada’s “List of Vehicles Admissible from the United States.”
“We are excited to be able to offer our world class product to Canadian citizens,” said Nelson Figueroa, president of Millennium Luxury Coaches. “This has been a long time coming and our team worked very hard with Canadian officials to assure compliance.”
With pre-clearance, Millennium said it has simplified the importation process for customers before and after vehicles cross the border. For more information call Millennium Luxury Coaches at (877) 322-0190 or e-mail email@example.com.
Millennium Luxury Coaches, a Sanford, Fla., company that converts high-end Prevost bus shells, is one of 50 businesses that will receive the ”2011 Florida Companies to Watch” award during a ceremony Thursday (Feb. 17) at the Rosen Shingle Creek Resort in Orlando.
”We were thrilled to find out that we were being considered for it, and when we found out we had won, we were very excited,” said Evelyn Figueroa, vice president of the 62-employee converter that she and her husband, Nelson, founded in 2001.
The award is presented to ”second stage” Florida firms with between $750,000 and $50 million in annual revenue or working capital that have demonstrated ”the intent and capacity to grow based on employee or sales growth, exceptional entrepreneurial leadership (or) sustainable competitive advantage,” according to a news release.
The company converts about a dozen Prevost coaches a year — 70% of which are built on spec — that are marketed at Millennium’s own rallies and at major U.S. RV shows, Evelyn Figueroa told RVBUSINESS.com. Retail prices for new conversions range from $1.5 million to $1.8 million, depending on the configuration of slideouts in the Prevost chassis.
Between new units, trade-ins and consignments, Millennium sells about 30 units a year, she said. ”We are selling some to people who are on their second and third coach,” she said.
Millennium also refurbishes Prevost-based motorhomes for existing owners. ”We do anything from installing a new DVD player to a $300,000 remodel where we redo an entire interior,” Figueroa said.
Millennium operates out of a 100,000-square-foot factory east of Orlando that includes separate remodeling, collision and paint centers.
Although some high-end manufacturers went out of business or saw retail sales dip sharply during the recession, Figueroa said Millennium didn’t feel the effect.
”We never had a decline in business,” she said. ”Actually, last year was the best year for our company and we expect to do better this year.
”When everybody else went into recession mode, we expanded,” she added. ”That’s not to say that we took lightly what was going on around us. But by diversifying our business and increasing our market share, we didn’t feel the recession. We already are taking orders for next year. We can’t build as many as we could sell.”
The ”2011 Florida Companies to Watch” award is sponsored by state-funded GrowFL economic development initiative, the Florida Economic Gardening Institute at the University of Central Florida and the Florida chapters of the Association for Corporate Growth, in association with the Michigan-based Edward Lowe Foundation.