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credited to their account. All 22,000 unique OEM and proprietary MCI parts are housed in the company’s 365,000-square-foot distribution facility in Louisville, KY, the same location where the MCI team of parts customer service and technical support representatives take customer calls. Operators can also order parts online at any of the MCI Service Centers in the U.S. and Canada. Nearing the 80th anniversary of the company – Harry Zoltok founded a company in his Winnipeg auto repair shop that would eventually become Motor Coach Industries – MCI stands as North America’s leading motor coach manufacturer of what many consider to be the most reliable coaches on the road. MCI still produces its coaches at its state-ofthe-art ISO 9001 certified production facilities in Winnipeg, MB, Canada, and Pembina, ND.

MCI continues to go green Staying true to its green commitment, MCI is also supporting Idle-Free for Our Children, an anti-idling organization associated with the Children’s Clean Air Network. The grassroots group promotes the cost savings and clean air benefits of idling limits. In February during UMA Expo the company and co-sponsor Allison Transmission honored Ambassatours

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Left to right) Brian Gillis, vice president at Ambassatours Gray Line, Chato Patterson, OEM account manager, Allison Transmission and Pat Ziska, MCI vice president, sales and marketing join the Children’s Clean Air Network founder Ron Zima in support of cutting emissions and saving fuel.

Gray Line of Halifax, NS, Canada, for its emission-cutting policies in cooperation with Idle-Free and the Children’s Clean Air Network. Since joining the network two years ago Ambassatours has experienced substantial fuel savings and reduced its carbon dioxide emissions by an amount equivalent to the weight of six motor coaches, says Brian Gillis, Ambassatours vice president of charters. “While drivers sometimes do have to idle coaches, Ambassatours encourages each driver to limit the practice to an average of five minutes a day and uses GPS systems for tracking data,” he says. “It adds up in a company that runs a fleet of 72 coaches.”

MCI recognizes organizational leadership in going green as presenting sponsor of the UMA Green Highway Award Coach USA reinvented intercity travel with the launch of Megabus.com in 2006. The carrier recently earned the 2012 United Motorcoach Association Green Highway Award for its environmental stewardship and green achievements. Established in 2008 and presented during UMA Expo, this award recognizes companies that demonstrate organizational leadership in reducing carbon emissions. Motor Coach Industries (MCI), sponsor of the Green Highway Award, made the presentation in February during the Vision

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BUSRide APRIL 2012  

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