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Ensign visits Minden manufacturing facility (w/video)



MINDEN—Sen. John Ensign met with Steve Patmont, owner and president of Patmont Motor Werks, and other community volunteers June 1 to see first-hand the local manufacturer’s Go-Ped plant as well as learn of a new mobility chair now being manufactured by Patmont.

Ensign heard the behind-the-scene story of how the community has banded together to help Go-Ped get back on its feet and get the word out about a revolutionary new wheelchair.

The “Trevair Chair” was created by Go-Ped owner Steve Patmont and Trevor Snowden. Snowden, a former top snowboarder who became disabled through a snowboarding accident several years ago, wanted a wheelchair better suited for an active lifestyle. While working at Patmont’s facility, Snowden came up with a new design for a “mobility chair” with added suspension and greater flexibility.

“I was very impressed with the work being done at Patmont, especially with Trevor Snowden and the Trevair chair,” said Ensign. “The Trevair chair has the potential to be a ground-breaking option for many who suffer from spinal cord injuries, including our servicemen and –women, who want to continue to lead active lives. Patmont is but one great example of the ingenuity in business that can be found in Nevada, and I remain committed to supporting and protecting our business community with the help of the Northern Nevada Development Authority.”

NNDA Executive Director Rob Hooper was on hand along with several NNDA investor partners to share the Patmont story with Senator Ensign. The tour and meeting followed several months of work by NNDA volunteers.

Two NNDA committees are providing assistance to Patmont. The Marketing Committee is focused on the original patented motorized Go-Ped scooter and will drive increased sales through the creation and implementation of a marketing plan for the scooter.

The Business and Professional Services Committee is launching a new business selling the wheelchair known as the “Trevair Chair” and working to launch sales of this new wheelchair, designed specifically for the active lifestyle of the physically disabled, including many veterans and young people throughout the country. Both teams are chaired by Tom Taormina, a retired NASA engineer and owner of The Taormina Group, and assisted by Lynette Cameron, ad agency Big Fish and other NNDA investors and volunteers.

Patmont Motor Werks manufactures solely in the USA. Their products are built with an intense focus on reliability and practicality. Patmont remains family owned with a dedicated “extended family” of employees, vendors, authorized dealers and loyal customers who have the same belief in quality, excellence and freedom. The business began in a garage as an American dream back in 1985. Patmont Motor Werks is committed to providing jobs for American families and supporting domestic manufacturers, dealers and suppliers when and wherever possible.

NNDA’s mission is to facilitate the recruitment of new business and industry and the retention and expansion of existing businesses. NNDA’s vision is to secure an abundant and sustainable economy for Nevada where all residents have the opportunity to grow in prosperity and realize their financial goals.

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