Dreamliner Luxury Coaches has acquired Hemphill Brothers Coach Company, the company announced Wednesday.
Dreamliner, now three years old, triples its fleet with the purchase and is “now the largest provider of entertainer coaches in the world,” according to a press release. Both companies are based in Nashville.
The combined client roster now includes Beyoncé, Justin Timberlake, Drake, Jonas Brothers, Chris Stapleton, Olivia Rodrigo, Zach Bryan and others, with a fleet of 190 coaches.
Dreamliner CEO Jeremy Maul said the acquistion gives his company the ability to service more than 50 percent of the larger arena and stadium tours in the United States and Canada.
“As we further our goal of redefining the art of tour travel, we will leverage the strengths and experience at the heart of both Dreamliner and Hemphill to become the industry’s largest and most sought-after resource for high-end tour coaches,” he said.
“The Hemphills trusting and believing in us to carry on their 40-plus years of success means a great deal to me,” Rich Thomson, Founder and Chairman of Dreamliner Luxury Coaches, said. “Their confidence in our ability to create a best-in-class experience validates the brand and reputation Dreamliner has built over the past few years. We look forward to serving our expanding client base with the largest and most beautifully equipped fleet of tour coaches in the industry.”
Trent Hemphill told Pollstar he and his brother “did not make this decision lightly,” but believe they made the right one.
In getting acquainted with Jeremy and Rich, we have confidence they will take excellent care of our staff and clients,” he said. “This is our life’s work, my brother Joey and I bought our first bus at 20 and 21. We did not make this decision lightly. Our employees and our drivers are the heart and soul of Hemphill Brothers. We look forward to seeing them continue to be the best in the business and thrive with the Dreamliner team. After 43 years of giving our all to the touring industry, we will cheer you all on from the sidelines!”
Trent and Joey Hemphill founded their eponymous company in 1980 and developed an impressive client roster that included not just touring musicians, but celebrities from other areas and world leaders, including Pope Benedict XVI. The company also fitted out the Secret Service-approved high-security buses known as Ground Force One.