"Build me a solid, commercially built vehicle that can provide on-location services for my community."
They spoke. We listened, and a company was born.
It all started in a garage...
It all started in a garage, over 30 years ago with a man & a vision. Gil Blais, President and Founder of La Boit Specialty Vehicles Inc., worked for a pharmaceutical company for many years and was continuously approached by veterinarians to create a product they desperately needed…storage for their vehicles so they could be organized when arriving at farm calls. Gil designed and constructed by hand, the first La Boit vehicle insert. Once other veterinarians saw the product, orders began to roll in so fast; Gil quit his pharmaceutical job, enlisted the help of his young sons, and began the task of building what is now known worldwide as La Boit Specialty Vehicles Inc.
After a few years, the veterinarians had another request: “Build me a solid, commercially built vehicle that could provide house call services for my community.” They spoke, Gil listened and La Boit started manufacturing mobile veterinary & spay/neuter clinics ranging from 24’ –40’ in length. The vets applauded and business grew rapidly. Someone finally was building a quality, commercially built vehicle instead of converting an RV that is built for recreational use, not day to day use and rigors of the road. Someone was finally listening.
Customer service and quality products are the top two priorities...
It’s a great feeling of pride for all La Boit employees to know that they all make a difference in the world. If you speak to any of our clients or pick up the phone and call La Boit, you will see that pride from your first contact. Customer service and quality products are the top two priorities that La Boit employees are concerned with….and it shows from your initial contact with us and continues long after you receive your vehicle.
It is a rarity these days for a company to be so concerned about your needs, and not their own. We hope you have seen this loyalty and dedication as you make your choice regarding who will help build your future.
La Boit Specialty Vehicles has been family owned and operated since 1981. Call us today and become a part of our extended family.
There was no turning back...
Gil's vision grew when dentists and medical doctors began to call and request La Boit Specialty Vehicles to build sturdy vehicles for them as well. Gil drew up the plans and the first 35’ dental clinic was the star of the Chicago Mid Winter Dental Conference. There was no turning back. Orders poured in from dentists & health departments across the country. La Boit expanded its facility & hired more employees to keep up with demand.
Then 9-11 turned our country upside down. After the initial shock of our own country being defied by terrorists, calls began flooding in from law enforcement agencies around the country. Many of our veterinary & spay/neuter vehicles had been on site at Ground Zero and people took notice that these vehicles did more than what they were initially built for. They were being used for rescues, safe meeting places and on-site recovery triage stations. So Gil went back to the drawing board and La Boit built its first law enforcement command center.
Every vehicle for each individual industry, is hand built from the chassis up. Attention to detail, quality & safety are our number one concern for every vehicle that pulls out of our lot. Every employee is hand- picked and must be dedicated to not just a job, but also a pride in knowing how many lives are affected by every vehicle that hits its intended community. From the World Trade disaster, to the flood rescues in North Carolina, across the country aiding in the wildfires of California and back to our nation’s biggest natural disaster, Katrina. Over 100 La Boit vehicles aided in people and animal rescues, medical deliveries, and transporting of people/animals from the region to safety after Katrina left her mark.
La Boit Specialty Vehicles is here for whatever your specialty vehicle needs are. We started out as family and our family has grown rapidly over the years. We would love to have you a part of the La Boit family today!