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York bus company finds new home

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John Bailey, owner and president of Bailey Coach, in 2016
John Bailey, owner and president of Bailey Coach, in 2016 - (Photo / )

Bailey Coach Inc. has a new place to house its 55 employees and 30 vehicles. The transportation company, founded 21 years ago, moved at the end of 2018 to Jackson Township, York County.

The company’s new headquarters, along Route 116, has about the same amount of space as the previous location, which was at 55 S. Fayette St. in York, said John Bailey, the company’s owner and president.

But, he added, “This is better—more efficient—space. We were able to design this space so there’s better work flow,” he said, “There’s also a larger parking lot for our equipment.”

He declined to disclose the cost of the new facility, but said the cost of the last motorcoach purchased by the business was $560,000, and “this was more than a few buses.”

Bailey said the facility had housed Mummert Trucking, which provided trucking services for Spring Grove paper manufacturer Glatfelter in the 1960s. Before becoming the new home of Bailey Coach, it was a maintenance facility for H&H Excavating, which moved the operation to another location in 2018.

“Buildings like this don’t come along that often,” Bailey said, adding: “We made some changes, like raising the roof to add a second story in the office area, but we kept the same footprint, which made the permitting process go quicker. Since we were in our other office for a decade, we had an idea of how we’d like to have our new facility laid out. But we also visited a number of motorcoach facilities throughout the country to see their operation before drawing up the final plans.”

The building has about 6,500 square feet of space for office use and 9,500 square feet of shop space.

The property, meanwhile, has more room for Bailey’s growing fleet.

The company had been in its previous facility for 10 years. Back then, Bailey said, the company had 13 vehicles. Today there are about 30, including full-size motorcoaches, shuttle buses, vans and sedans for airport, cruise terminal or other transportation needs.

Bailey Coach’s predecessor in the building, H&H, served as contractor for the renovation project. Bailey said the transformation began in September when the roof was removed. The main construction began Nov. 6 and was completed Dec. 26.

The two-story office features a conference/meeting room, as well as a separate entrance for drivers. “Before we had to have our monthly safety meetings offsite, now we have a conference room that can accommodate all of our drivers. And the conference room opens into the garage, so if we’re discussing something on a motorcoach, we can go right into the garage and look at it,” Bailey said. “Our offices can be secured so we can make the conference room available for public meetings.”

The new facility not only has a more efficient work flow, it is ADA-accessible, Bailey said. “Our coaches are ADA accessible. Why not our offices?”

The facility also is energy efficient. LED lighting has been installed throughout the facility. The doors on the garage bays are made of Lexan, a translucent material that allows light to filter in and, Bailey said, is more energy efficient than glass. Radiant heat has been installed in the floor of the wash bay. The garage area is heated using waste oil that’s collected from oil changes on the vehicles in Bailey Coach’s fleet. Bailey said waste oil was used to heat the garage in the York facility as well.

There’s also a back-up generator to power garage doors, equipment and parts of the building. “If there was a serious emergency, we could house people here and serve as a temporary shelter,” he explained.

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