In 1974, brothers Chris and Dennis Levering each separately began small sightseeing businesses in Nashville, TN that served hotels around the city. Within two years the brothers had merged their businesses, and their company, Country & Western Tours, had grown to a fleet of 24 Dodge vans.
In 1988, their largest competitor, Gray Line of Nashville, approached Dennis and Chris about buying their company, enabling the Levering brothers to enter the “big bus business.”
In 1997, Gray Line of Nashville was sold to Travelways, a national operator of motorcoach companies that operated the business through 2001. Following the events of September 2001, Travelways encountered financial difficulty and filed for bankruptcy. Fortunately the Levering family had remained in leadership roles within the company and was able to repurchase the business later that year.
From that point through 2008, Chris and Dennis Levering led the business through a period of unprecedented growth, increasing the fleet to more than 75 vehicles and nearly doubling the size of the business during that period. By 2009 Gray Line of Nashville had one of the most modern fleets in the industry, an enviable safety record and was the 28th largest motorcoach company in the United States.
In May 2009 the company was sold to Red Clay Capital Holdings, LLC. Since that time, the new company, Gray Line of Tennessee, has continued the company’s tradition of growth and operational excellence growing to become the 22nd largest motorcoach company in America.
In September 2012, XMI Holdings Inc. in partnership with TNInvestco, made an equity investment in the company and has since taken majority control with a focus on investing in the employee talent, equipment, and systems necessary to become the premier transportation company in the Southeast.
At Gray Line of Tennessee we strive to create and maintain a hard-working, friendly, family-oriented environment, with a focus on giving our customers – and our community – a high quality experience every time they board a bus.