‘Bloodmobile’ Archives

La Boit Specialty Vehicles Releases New Trailer

mobile veterinary trailerWe recently completed a mobile veterinary trailer for a client in Indiana. We’ll be spotlighting that client in another blog. For now, we’d like to focus specifically on the trailer itself.

This is the first time in many years that La Boit Specialty Vehicles has built a mobile medical or veterinary trailer from the chassis up. What makes this particular trailer so special is that it’s the first La Boit trailer to be 100% built by La Boit, including the chassis! This way, we can ensure the construction quality of every single component of the trailer, down to each and every screw. Read the rest of this entry »

2017 Year in Review

2017 was La Boit’s 35th year in business, and let me tell ya, it was a great one! We continued to deliver what some of our customers have affectionately referred to as the “Cadillacs of Specialty Vehicles.” And of course, we did it with the best customer service in the business.

A big part of that is making sure we’re delivering our 35 years of industry-expertise to each and every one of our clients – not only on how to design and lay out their vehicle, but also how to fund it and promote it. One of our most popular articles this year was “Using Grants to Fund Your Specialty Vehicle.” We talked about some of the ways that other La Boit clients have used grant funding in creative ways, either to fund specific initiatives, or by combining grants with other fundraising or financing activities. Read the rest of this entry »

San Diego Blood Bank Takes Delivery of Their Fifth La Boit Bloodmobile

September 1, 2017 | La Boit Specialty Vehicles | Bloodmobile, Client Spotlight | No Comments

san diego blood bank bloodmobileWe would like to thank San Diego Blood Bank for their purchase of bloodmobile number five from La Boit Specialty Vehicles! For this vehicle, called the “Omni 10,” San Diego Blood Bank took extra time to work with our CAD specialists to lay out a unique interior for their needs. They are very proud of the result, calling it “carefully designed to maximize space and provide blood donors with an overall positive clinical experience.”

To help celebrate the OMNI10, San Diego Blood Bank wrote an article about the vehicle’s features and build process, titled “It’s All in the Details: The Making of OMNI 10.” Read a bit from the article below. Read the rest of this entry »

Client Spotlight: Oklahoma Blood Institute Celebrates 40 Years

March 8, 2017 | La Boit Specialty Vehicles | Bloodmobile | No Comments

Way back in 2013, we shined the spotlight on Oklahoma Blood Institute (OBI). Back then, they ordered three bloodmobiles from La Boit Specialty Vehicles to serve their mission to supply blood to 160 medical facilities throughout Oklahoma (now 165 facilities!)

Fast forward to 2017, and OBI is celebrating their 40th anniversary with the addition of three more La Boit-built bloodmobiles delivered within the last six months. Each vehicle is built on a 42ft Freightliner chassis and features four donor beds and three interview rooms. Read the rest of this entry »

LifeShare Blood Centers’ Bloodmobile Wins National Design Award

January 4, 2017 | La Boit Specialty Vehicles | Bloodmobile, Client Spotlight | No Comments

La Boit Specialty Vehicles’ client LifeShare Blood Centers was recently honored for the design work on their new 2016 La Boit-built bloodmobile. The 42ft Freightliner is the sixth La boit vehicle in their fleet. It includes four donor beds and all the equipment necessary to see dozens of donors per day.

The graphics on the bloodmobile are part of the “Beyond the Donation” campaign, in which both the truck and accompanying billboards featured two individuals who needed blood in a facility serviced by LifeShare Blood Centers. With the addition of a personal message, the campaign became more memorable than a general message about blood donation. Plus, the graphics just look really cool on the side of that shiny new bus. Read the rest of this entry »

2016 Year in Review

34 years young… That’s how many years La Boit Specialty Vehicles has been in business, since owner and founder Gil Blais started working out of his garage building custom vet boxes for mobile veterinarians.

And since then, we’ve shown no signs of slowing down! 2016 was a banner year for us as custom coach builders for the professional sector. Our facility has been booked out for months, and demand continues to be very strong, as businesses and non-profits continue to invest in infrastructure that allows them to bring their services directly to constituents. Read the rest of this entry »

Client Spotlight: New York Blood Center

October 19, 2016 | La Boit Specialty Vehicles | Bloodmobile, Client Spotlight | No Comments

dsc_0013-ny-blood1-ps-graphics-in-front-of-bldg-800x533For the past five decades, the New York Blood Center (NYBC) has provided lifesaving blood products and services to nearly 200 hospitals in New York, New Jersey, Long Island, the Hudson Valley, and parts of Connecticut and Pennsylvania.

Operating under a four-part mission, NYBC provides high quality blood and stem cell products and related medical and consultative services to hospitals and patients. They conduct innovative research, develop products, technology and services with the potential to have a worldwide humanitarian impact. NYBC stands out as a multifaceted, patient-focused healthcare resource and a global change agent. Their goals are to improve public health, empower the communities they provide for as a resource and to maximize those resources through collaboration and partnership.

In pursuit of that mission, this year NYBC commissioned three additional La Boit-built bloodmobiles to add to their growing fleet, which already includes a La Boit unit from 2014. Read the rest of this entry »

La Boit Specialty Vehicles Exhibiting at the AABB Annual Meeting 2016

October 17, 2016 | La Boit Specialty Vehicles | Bloodmobile, Events | No Comments

expoOctober 22-25, 2016 in Orlando, Florida

La Boit Specialty Vehicles will be attending the AABB Annual Meeting as an exhibitor. We will be featuring a 4-bed Freightliner M2 from New York Blood Center. Each La Boit-built bloodmobile features unique designs, durable engineering, and impeccable materials and workmanship. La Boit stands out for ONE reason – for building high-quality commercially-built specialty vehicles that last! Quality you can only understand once you’ve walked through one of our units. Stop by booth 1144 and see for yourself! AABB exhibitor map » Read the rest of this entry »

Should You Upgrade Your Specialty Vehicle with a Winter Package?

August 15, 2016 | La Boit Specialty Vehicles | Bloodmobile, Command, Dental, Medical, Spay/Neuter/Adoption, Veterinary | No Comments

We often get the question from our clients if they should upgrade their specialty vehicle with the “Winter Package” option.

All La Boit Specialty Vehicles come equipped with heated mirrors as a standard option, so you never have to worry about ice build up on your mirrors. However, our winter package comes with additional upgrades that can help your vehicle perform optimally in colder climates. It is available on all chassis and vehicle types. Read the rest of this entry »

Choosing Interior Colors for Your La Boit Specialty Vehicle

February 10, 2016 | La Boit Specialty Vehicles | Bloodmobile, Command, Dental, Medical, Spay/Neuter/Adoption, Specialty Vehicles General, Veterinary | No Comments

Before a vehicle can be finished, clients need to select the colors they want for certain interior and exterior elements of their vehicles. Along with designing the exterior graphics, picking colors for their vehicle is one of most fun parts of the process for La Boit clients, as they begin to visualize the final product and anticipate its completion.

There are a plethora of options when it comes to customizing a La Boit vehicle. With all these options, our clients find that it’s easy to create a workspace that fits their mission, and their personality. However, if you find that you’re having a hard time deciding on what colors to choose, we’ll let you in on a little secret. The most popular color combination in our vehicles are the blue countertops with a grey floor and white walls. Read the rest of this entry »