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Technology “Transports” Dell, NFIB Small Business Award Winner to International Growth


Custom Trailer and Motor Home Manufacturer Transport Designs Gains Customer Loyalty Worldwide.

Steve Mattie, founder and president of Transport Designs, Inc., a manufacturer of highly customized enclosed trailers and truck conversion motor homes in Montoursville, Pa., remembers when he and his colleagues saw little use for a computer, as the trailer and motor home industry was decidedly low-tech.

By breaking the mold and growing his business worldwide because of it, Transport Designs has earned the 2008 Dell/National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) Small Business Excellence Award1. The announcement and award presentation was made today during NFIB’s National Small-Business Summit in Washington, D.C.

“When you are trying to sell a five or six-figure product sight unseen to a customer living in Australia, technology is the only means for communication, negotiation and building trust,” said Mattie. “Without embracing IT, our business would still be struggling to grow outside our region of the country much less internationally.”

From restaurants on wheels to transportable fitness centers, Transport Designs’ product options are vast, and so is the company’s vision for how far innovative use of technology can take them. Transport Designs stays up-to-speed on the latest in design software and hardware tools using Dell laptops to share customized digital floor plans and real-time construction progress with customers. Under Mattie’s direction, customers can also download easy-to-use tools to interact with the plans and update the designs themselves.

“Our electronic, fully rendered images are so detailed they can even include human figures, allowing customers to truly visualize the product, no matter how far away they are,” said Mattie. “This, along with the option to personally update their floor plan as if they were physically present at the build site, puts customers’ minds at ease and really sets us apart.”

Currently under construction, Transport Designs is building Car Doctor World Motorsports the first-of-its-kind cab-over motor coach to be used at its Turn Key Drive racing events, where average citizens sign up to spend a day in the life of a race car driver. Complete with massage chairs and water-wall décor, the motor coach is designed to exude luxury and comfort and is where participants will go to relax after a day of racing.

“I interviewed and traveled to vendors all over the U.S. for this project and needed to find the best,” said Ryan Pilla, owner of Car Doctor. “Steve’s use of technology and his vast knowledge of design tools far surpassed his competitors, giving me the confidence I needed to choose Transport Designs as my vendor. It has been a wonderful relationship ever since.”

Transport Designs will receive $25,000 in Dell products and services, a lifetime membership to NFIB, the leading small business association in the United States, valued at $15,000 (including a trip to NFIB’s National Small-Business Summit), and a day of best-practice sharing with Dell experts, including time with Chairman and CEO Michael Dell.

New this year, Transport Designs is also eligible for a chance to win the global Dell Small Business Excellence Award¹ worth $50,000 in Dell technology and services and featured participation in a global entrepreneurs’ summit. National winners from 12 countries - Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Spain, United Kingdom and the United States - will be announced by September, and the global winner will be announced in fall 2008.


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