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Wisconsin Company Adds New MCI Bus

Posted on July 17, 2017

(photo courtesy of MCI)
(photo courtesy of MCI)

DES PLAINES, Ill.—Motor Coach Industries (MCI) sees Wisconsin’s Babler Bus Service as a prime example of how the MCI J4500 spells success for so many longtime MCI customers.

Door County favorite Babler recently renewed its three coach fleet with two pre-owned, re-energized J4500 coaches and a brand new 2017 MCI J4500 coach. “They’re beautiful,” says second-generation owner and CEO Paul Babler, who began to selectively update its coach fleet about five years ago after taking over the family business from his parents.

“We choose MCI simply because of the overall long-term reliability,” Babler says. “MCI provides the utmost in comfort and amenities for our passengers and provides us the highest-quality support in both parts and technology.”  Babler also liked what MCI’s Re-Energized program offers ‒ select post-2007 coaches, with 210-point mechanical and interior inspection and repair to bring them to OEM standard with an OEM warranty to match.

When it came to the new 2017 MCI J4500, Babler opted for the best. Babler’s new J4500 wears the most advanced features available, starting with the powertrain featuring the Detroit Diesel DD13 engine and Allison transmission. Inside, each passenger will enjoy top-grade Kiel seating with leather trim accompanied by individual 110-volt outlets with USB ports for maximum entertainment and comfort. Babler’s newest coach also features tempered glass roof-hatches, a backup safety camera, chrome mirrors and a custom, marble-look hydrographic spiral entryway exclusive to MCI – “It really makes an impression with our passengers,” Babler says.

Based in Sturgeon Bay, Babler is a fixture in Southern Door County, providing charter services for events such as weddings, ball games, school outings, ski trips, and church groups. The company’s most popular tours include Chicago staples like the annual Flower & Garden Show and year-round shopping and museum trips, Milwaukee Brewers’ games, a Branson, MO holiday tour and the National Farm Machinery Show in Louisville, KY. Babler also serves Two Rivers and Manitowoc through Green Bay, and offers weekly casino tours departing from Door County, through Green Bay.

Babler and his wife Janet create and lead their own destination tours, a growing aspect to the business. “Our trips help to fill the gaps in between the busiest times of the year,” Babler said. “We decide on a special destination such as New Orleans, New York or Nashville, do our detailed research, and become tour guides on a fun and luxurious Babler expedition.”

Business is competitive in the tourism-heavy Door County area, which is why Babler focuses on professional and people skills, particularly when finding the right drivers to care for its customers. “Our drivers have good personalities, are attentive to customer service and skilled in road safety,” said Babler, who believes his drivers are right up there with his new coach – the best there is.

Source: MCI Press Release

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