Business: Eagle Christian Tours breaking ground today on latest expansion for the fast-growing, Rome-based sports and corporate transport service.

Business: Eagle Christian Tours breaking ground today on latest expansion for the fast-growing, Rome-based sports and corporate transport service.

>From March: A two-part look at the evolution of Eagle Christian Tours in Rome. Part one / part two
Media release: Eagle Christian Tours is hosting a ground breaking ceremony/dedication at 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 14.
The ground breaking will celebrate the kick off of Phase III of ECT’s continued expansion of their Customer and Host-Driver Support Center Complex. Phase III of the expansion will include a new four-acre concrete motorcoach parking facility with surround LED lighting, a 3,500-square-foot addition to their current state-of-the-art motorcoach repair facility, the repurposing of a 2,000-square-foot existing shop building to accommodate their growing fleet of mini-buses and the adaptive reuse of a newly purchased 4,800-square-foot adjacent building to house their new Host-Driver Training Center as well as a new parts warehouse facility.
Participants in the ground breaking will be Steve Brookes of Rob Smith Construction; Clem Trammel of Heritage First Bank; Logan Gilham, the Shop Manager of ECT;  Aaron Brookshire, Driver Trainer of ECT; Carson Roes, General Manager of ECT; and Brett Roes, CEO of ECT. Brad Prater will offer the prayer of dedication. Refreshments will be served immediately following.
Phase I of this project began in 2015 with the building of Eagle’s motorcoach shop. Phase II of the project was completed in 2018 and included the purchase of two adjacent acres for future parking expansion as well as the build out of the new 2,000-square-foot office.  Phase III of the new project is anticipated to be completed in September 2022.
When completed Eagle Christian Tours will have invested well over $2 million in Rome and Floyd County to build one of the most technologically advanced customer support centers, driver training and motorcoach repair facilities in the country. Eagle Christian Tours has the unique distinction of being the Number one consumer reviewed motorcoach company in North America. The company has 13 full-time home office and support staff personnel and over 40 full- and part-time Host-Drivers in their employ. They currently operate a 30-bus fleet and anticipates that number to grow to 50 buses in the coming years.
Eagle Christian Tours is a premiere provider of sports transportation in the Southeast of the United States for top high school, collegiate and professional teams. The company specializes in carrying NCAA and NAIA D-! and D-II college teams and have exclusive transit contracts with eight regional colleges and universities, including Shorter University in Rome.
It also serves many corporate clients including: Amazon, Ball, Chick-fil-A, The Home Depot, Volkswagen, Lowe’s, Georgia-Pacific, WinShape, ABC and NBC Universal. The entertainment division of ECT’s has served several top country, Americana and contemporary christian artists including: The Steep Canyon Rangers, Mac Powell, The Lone Bellow, Casting Crowns, Mercy Me and We Are Messengers. The company currently has buses on tour with country superstar Mark Wills as well as CCM artists I Am They and Kari Jobe.
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