In 1978 Jim Bolinger bought his first limousine at the age of 18. Growing up in a small town in Ohio, the 1965 Cadillac Factory Formal limousine was the talk of the town. Jim loaned it out for friends weddings and high school proms. In the 1970's, limousines were seen as something only the rich and famous could afford. Seeing an opportunity, Jim began renting his limousine and eventually worked his way to a 5 limousine fleet. Bolinger moved out of the small town of Eaton, Ohio to the city of Dayton, Ohio. In 1998, the business began to flourish and Westwind Limousine was the largest limousine company in Ohio with a fleet of 75 vehicles.
In 1996, Jim entered the limousine manufacturing business with partner Bob Murgel in Springfield, Missouri. The consumer use of limousines exploded on a nationwide level and Bolinger saw opportunity knocking again. Westwind Coachworks started building Lincoln Town Car limousines, H2 Hummer limousines and Ford Excursion limousines. Westwind Coachworks continued steady growth for years.
In 2011, Lincoln dropped the Town Car from productions, Hummers and Excursions were also discontinued; needing to shift the company business plan, Bolinger decided the Mercedes Sprinter van was the next vehicle to fulfill the needs of commercial and private clientele. Westwind Coachworks became a Mercedes Master Upfitter and began building limousines, mobile offices, executive shuttles, doctor offices all beginning using a Mercedes Sprinter shell. Today, Westwind Coachworks is a custom builder of sprinters with the manufacturing plant located in Sarasota, Florida. Bolinger and his team have a combined experience of over 200 years. After building over 10,000 vehicles in his 45 year career Jim Bolinger has truly become one of the most iconic figures in this industry.