GALLATIN, Tenn. — Silver Eagle Bus, a tour bus manufacturer, has announced plans to move from Brownsville, Texas, to Gallatin, bringing up to 500 jobs to the area, Gallatin mayor JoAnn Graves says.
The company’s roots began in 1950, supplying thousands of coaches for Trailways and other transit lines around the world. In the 1980s, its shells became popular for entertainer coaches and recreational motor homes. But Eagle fell into bankruptcy twice in the 1990s, and the tour bus market became dominated by Prevost, a Quebec-based manufacturer which recently opened a parts and service facility in Goodlettsville, near the headquarters of several touring companies including Diamond, Nite Train and Hemphill.
The Eagle nameplate was revived in 2005, and after several years of Silver Eagle production in Texas, owners Craig and Robin Hanloh are moving headquarters to Gallatin. They have hired about a dozen employees in Gallatin and say they plan to hire about 100 more this year.
Source: Nashville Business Journal