‘Specialty Vehicles General’ 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 »

Using Grants to Help Fund Your Specialty Vehicle

July 14, 2017 | La Boit Specialty Vehicles | Command, Medical, Spay/Neuter/Adoption, Specialty Vehicles General, Veterinary | No Comments

Many types of La Boit Specialty Vehicles are built using grant funds, with the most frequent types being Mobile Spay/Neuter/Adoption Clinics, Mobile Medical Clinics, and Mobile Command Centers.

Grant dollars for medical and command vehicles most often come from the federal or state government, in which the mobile unit will serve a specific public interest that is otherwise not being met, such as medical access in rural communities, or rapid response police communication vehicles in high-density urban areas.

Other times, corporations offer grants to help further their corporate brand and fulfill the mission set out by their corporate foundations. These are most common for La Boit’s humane society clients to purchase spay/neuter and adoption vehicles, but are also commonly used by hospitals and clinics for medical vehicles. For example, retail pet supplier Petco’s 2013 “Extraordinary Gifts” campaign offered a grant which had a minimum of $50k to make capital improvements. A mobile component would have been an ideal candidate. 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 »

President of La Boit Specialty Vehicles Drives Mobile Billboard in Support of Police Officers

August 25, 2016 | La Boit Specialty Vehicles | Specialty Vehicles General | No Comments

For Immediate Release

mobile-billboardColumbus, OH – Gil Blais, President and CEO of Gahanna-based La Boit Specialty Vehicles Inc., has personally commissioned a vehicle that will serve as a mobile billboard for a cause he says he feels very passionate about, the safety of police officers.

Blais, a self-made millionaire and ex-marine, first started La Boit in the early 1980s as a manufacturer of vehicle inserts for veterinarians. Since then, the business has grown into a manufacturer of custom-built specialty vehicles for a variety of industries, including veterinary, medical, and law enforcement.

The new mobile billboard vehicle is 26ft long and the entire driver and passenger sides of the vehicle are wrapped with graphics. They show an image of a police officer with the words “Cops are people too! Show Respect!” Read the rest of this entry »

La Boit Specialty Vehicles Celebrates 10 Years as a Member of NTEA

May 18, 2016 | La Boit Specialty Vehicles | Specialty Vehicles General | No Comments

La Boit 10 Year Member of NTEAFor La Boit Specialty Vehicles, it is important for us to stay up-to-date on the latest in the commercial truck industry. We make it a priority to know the newest techniques in manufacturing as well as changes in market trends and government regulations.

For the past ten years, La Boit Specialty Vehicles has been a member of the National Truck Equipment Association (NTEA).
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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 »

La Boit’s Non-Profit Clients Make End-of-Year Push for Donations

December 28, 2015 | La Boit Specialty Vehicles | Bloodmobile, Medical, Spay/Neuter/Adoption, Specialty Vehicles General | No Comments

nonprofit_donationMany of La Boit’s clients are non-profit organizations – from blood donation organizations and non-profit hospital systems to humane societies and low-cost spay/neuter clinics. As a result, they rely heavily on donations from individuals and businesses to cover the cost of their mobile clinic purchase, as well as their day-to-day operating expenses.

Many of them make their biggest fundraising push at the end of the year. Donations to 501c3 organizations are tax-deductible, and the end of the year is the time when many individuals are completing their tax planning. The month of December is one of the best times for non-profits to ask for donations through their website, social media, emails, mailings, and/or phone calls. Read the rest of this entry »

2015 Year in Review

La Boit Specialty Vehicles Staff

2015 marks La Boit’s 33rd anniversary. In those 30+  years, we’ve learned a lot about what works when custom-building specialty vehicles. It’s the reason why we continue to lead the mobile animal care industry for both independent veterinarians and humane societies, as well as continue to grow rapidly in mobile medical and bloodmobiles. Read the rest of this entry »

Calculating the Regular Replacement Cycle for Your Specialty Vehicle

June 17, 2015 | La Boit Specialty Vehicles | Specialty Vehicles General | No Comments

specialty vehicle replacement cycleWe recently came across an article in Business Fleet Magazine titled “Running Trucks Till the ‘Wheels Fall Off’ is Expensive and Counter-Productive.” While the article is a couple years old already, its still a timely and important message for owners of specialty vehicles: running a truck until it has nothing left to give usually ends up costing more.

“Typically, the more expensive the asset, the longer it will be kept in service, especially units upfitted with expensive auxiliary equipment… However, as study after study shows, extended truck replacement cycles for short-term capital expenditure savings often have the unintended consequence of resulting in greater long-term expenses and degradation in worker productivity.”

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