Congressman Long tours Springfield Coach Builders, hearing about the business from Kevin West, (R), and Gary Spaniak III, Vice President of Sales and Marketing, (center-right), on Thursday, May 14, 2015 in Springfield, Mo.
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – U.S. Rep. Billy Long, R-Missouri, toured manufacturing facilities in state’s Seventh District on May 14, seeing firsthand the growth in area industry.
Long’s first stop on his tour was Springfield Coach Builders. There, he witnessed the small business’ process of buying new cars, then cutting them in half to turn them into limousines. The business has expanded its operation over the past year, and has added a mobility-focused line of vehicles, which allow wheelchair-bound individuals easy self-transfer to cars.
Kevin West, Vice President of Springfield Coach Builder’s Mobility, Black Car Sedan, Bus and Channel Partner divisions, said it began with the idea of helping wounded veterans returning from combat to have wider access to vehicles than just mini-vans.
West and his team went over regulations with Long and asked for his help in Congress to reduce some of these regulations, which would hopefully lead to expansion of economic opportunities. Keeping up with regulations is a task for the business. “I could have 10 people in the office looking at regulations,” and still not see it all, West said.
Despite the regulatory hurdles, Springfield Coach Builders has grown, doubling its employees from 25 to 50 since October 2014. Even better, the employee roll may need to double again soon, West said.
Source: Office Of Congressman Billy Long press release