Federal Coach - 1989-present - Fort Smith, Arkansas
|When Executive Coach relocated
Armbruster's Fort Smith operations to Springfield, Missouri in 1989, Chris
Witte, a Fort Smith businessman, purchased the vacant plants from Executive
and opened a new limousine company called Federal Coach. Staffed by former Armbruster
former Armbruster/Stageway and Executive Coach employee - Dewayne Thompson -
oversees day-to-day operations of Federal which is now one of the largest
coachbuilders in the country.
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Federal Coach is located in Fort Smith, Arkansas... the birthplace of the original six-door limousine. Federal Coach and Fort Smith have long been known for the tradition of Funeral Coach, Limousine and Bus Manufacturing. For more than one hundred years, Fort Smith has been a world leader in specialty vehicle manufacturing technology. The craftsmen and technicians contributing to Federal's renowned "fit and finish" have honed their skills over many years. Many of these craftsmen are second and even third generation participants in this unique fort Smith legacy.
Federal Coach's commitment to quality is reflected in the modern manufacturing plant where Federal Funeral Coaches, Professional and VIP Limousines and Buses are built. The state-of-the-art facility utilizes advanced manufacturing processes and equipment and its management philosophy of continuous improvement ensures precise quality controls. The plant is staffed by a well-trained and dedicated work force who take pride in their objective to "Engineer and produce the highest quality, safest and most desired limousines, funeral coaches and buses in the market."
Federal Coach has acquired and maintained status as a Ford Qualified vehicle Modifier (QVM) and Cadillac Master Coachbuilder (CMC), having successfully completed assessments and site inspections on an ongoing basis made by Ford Motor Company and Cadillac Division, General Motors Corporation.
Federal Coach's manufacturing plant currently encompasses 550,000 square feet - 11 acres under one roof! 140,000 square feet solely dedicated to bus production since 1997 Products are manufactured in a continuous production assembly line. Once the vehicle begins the assembly process it remains on the line until completion creating a smooth flow of manufacturing with continuous quality check points.
Custom components used by Federal in the manufacturing process are produced internally to ensure precise fit and close tolerances. Fiberglass ABS plastic, wood cabinetry, wood finishes, upholstery and interior trim, laser cut metal fabricated parts and powder coating are on-sight operations coordinated with the assembly line process.
Federal Coach's people, and their skill as craftsmen & technicians, are the core of the Federal Coach team effort.
Federal Coach... Actually, Federal got started in the hearse industry in the late '80's, offering a rear drive Cadillac landau conversion with commercial glass. A standard glass Cadillac hearse was soon added to the line, though. When the new Fleetwood came in 1993, Federal abandoned commercial glass and concentrated on standard glass coaches.
The hearses built in the old A/S plant in Fort Smith after Executive acquired A/S were always marketed as Federal Coaches, and all the advertising I ever saw listed the company's name as Federal from the beginning of its advertising in 1990.
Federal may have been formed as US Coach, but soon changed its name to Federal Coach.
Dewayne Thompson joined Armbruster/Stageway in 1979 on the factory floor, and "worked his way up from there," he says. When the company was bought by Executive Coach Builders, Thompson moved with it to Springfield but returned after two years to Ft. Smith and today as its vice president and general manager, Thompson oversees one of the largest limousine builders in the nation.
Federal Coach is located in Fort Smith, Arkansas, the birthplace of the original six-door limousine Fort Smith is blessed with a diversified base of strong world-class businesses A population of 76,000 supports such economic giants as Baldor Electric Motors, Planters Peanuts, Riverside Furniture, Rheem Air conditioners and Whirlpool.
With this booming industry, and rich western tradition, we continue to grow and lead the area in technological achievements, manufacturing strategies and production of some of the worlds finest products Federalís craftsmen and technicians contributing to our renowned "fit and finish" have developed their skills over many years Several of these designers and technicians are second and even third generations in this unique Fort Smith legacy We produce full lines of Funeral / Professional vehicles, VIP Limousines and Mid Size Buses.
Federalís selection of Funeral / Professional vehicles are available on both Cadillac and Lincoln chassis to include hearses, family 6-door cars and the uniquely versatile 24-Hour car The VIP Limousines are available in nine different models with varying ranges of amenities available in both Cadillac and Lincoln chassis from stretches of 64" to 130" The offering of Mid Size buses range from transportation style to full limousine interiors in two lengths with UVL (under vehicle lift) and ADA compliance capabilities Our commitment to quality and excellence is reflected in the modern, state-of-the-art 550,000 square foot manufacturing facility.
Advanced manufacturing utilizing machinery and processes of CNC Lasers, Routers and Milling machines, complete in-house Fiberglass departments, ability of custom pre-formed plastics, and our own Powder Coating departments allow us complete control of quality, technical design and production of needed parts for assembly Our own machine shop and tool & die department complete our full abilities in-house for meeting the demanding needs of full scale production Our continuous flow manufacturing process keeps all vehicles moving through the various stages of manufacturing much like Ford and General Motors This well planned, aggressive process provides a smooth and efficient flow through all production lines, arriving at the Quality Control (QC) station with a well built product.
Working with Ford Motor Company and General Motors, Federal Coach meets and exceeds all manufacturing requirements thus achieving Lincoln Qualified Vehicle Modifier, Cadillac Master Coachbuilder and Ford Qualified Vehicle Modifier (Bus) status Each Federal product is compliant to all FMVSS, CMC and QVM regulations, assuring you only the safest vehicle on the road It is our goal to continue and progress forward with new technologies and processes in continually improving and caring for your safety Our Mission is taking singular pride in the objective to engineer and produce the highest quality, safest and most desired vehicles in the market.
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