Ride-Away - Wheelchair Accessible Van Supplier - Ranks 35th on Business NH Magazine’s Top 100 New Hampshire Private Companies List

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Ride-Away is now ranked 35th on Business NH Magazine’s Top 100 New Hampshire Private Companies list. Out of those 100 companies selected for the list, 33 percent of businesses on the list grew in the past three years and Ride-Away was one of them.

Our continued growth and success, especially in today's economy, is something that Ride-Away is very proud of

Ride-Away Handicap Equipment Corp. (America’s largest provider of wheelchair accessible vans and adaptive mobility equipment) was recently ranked 35th on Business NH Magazine’s Top 100 New Hampshire Private Companies list. In just three short years Ride-Away has gone from being ranked 47th to 35th. This is a big accomplishment considering the economic hardships which has seen many fall in this industry over the years.

“Our continued growth and success, especially in today’s economy, is something that Ride-Away is very proud of,” says Mark Lore, President and CEO of Ride-Away. “Being in the automotive industry, it has been that much more difficult for companies such as ours to grow over the past few years, but with the support of our customers, the community, and the hard work that our employees have put forth, we will continue to grow and expand as a company well into the future.”

Thousands of companies throughout New Hampshire submitted their companies’ information, but only the top 100 were selected. Out of those 100 companies selected for the list, 33 percent of businesses on the Business New Hampshire Magazine’s list of the Top 100 Private Companies in New Hampshire grew in the past three years, and Ride-Away was one of them. By committing themselves to carry out their core values, Ride-Away has been able to become not only a leader in the vehicle modification industry, but a leader in business throughout New Hampshire as well.

One of the reasons for Ride-Away’s continued success has been because of the support of their local communities. Whether it’s getting involved in a civic organization, running a relay to fight Multiple Sclerosis or joining in a wide range of community activities, that dedication to serve has been a benchmark for Ride-Away and its employees since the beginning. Together their 165 employees donate more than 7,000 hours of volunteer time to reach into their communities and support local initiatives. Most recently, Ride-Away donated a handicap van to a 13 year-old boy named Isaiah Gomez, who has been actively living with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy since he was 4 years-old. Isaiah had outgrown his previous handicap van after being fitted for a larger power wheelchair, and his family had to rely on transportation agencies to get him to and from school and doctors appointments. Not being able to enjoy many of the things Isaiah loved to do, such as go to the movies, Ride-Away knew they had to step in and help right away. So, Ride-Away decided to donate a wheelchair accessible vehicle to Isaiah and his family, and now, Isaiah is able to do the things he has always wanted to do, and go to the places that he has always wanted to go.

Ride-Away’s continued successes have been because of their dedication to their customers by providing them with the highest quality vehicles, equipment, and service. In a time when many companies were cutting back and looking for other cheaper options for equipment and service, Ride-Away continued to seek out the best mobility equipment that the industry had to offer as well as raise the level of their customer service to be able to better serve the customers. Ride-Away also introduced two new, ground breaking, wheelchair accessible vehicles that the industry has not seen before; the GoShichi wheelchair accessible pick-up truck and the Mobility Conquest wheelchair accessible motorcycle. These two products give Ride-Away customers more unique options, and they also provide a freedom and sense of normalcy that some customers have not experienced in years. During the Abilities Expo this past May, an attendee of the expo was brought to tears when he was able to get back into a pick-up truck and realize that he could again enjoy going on hunting and fishing trips with his friends and family; something he had not been able to do for over 25 years.

Ride-Away’s employees have also been a reason for the success of Ride-Away. Their commitment to the company, the community, and their customers is at a different level than it has ever been before. During this past holiday season, Ride-Away employees donated thousands of dollars worth of toys and food to local families, as well as local organizations such as the NH Food Bank and the Toys for Tots Program. Ride-Aways’ employees commitments do not stop after the holiday season; as a part of a year-round fundraiser, employees are allowed to wear jeans to work any day of the week for $5. That donation goes to the Ride-Away Comfort for a Cause Program, in which the proceeds are collected and saved up for when there is a need for when local customers, clients, charities, or someone in the community needs help. This past February, a portion of the donations were used to purchase gift certificates for The Way Home, an award winning non-profit organization based out of Manchester NH. The Way Home employees transported clients around in a vehicle that was in serious need of repairs and remodeling, which was unable to be done due to budget constraints. Using a portion of the funds raised through the Comfort for a Cause program, Ride-Away was able to provide The Way Home with gift cards to Manchester Car Was, Jiffy Lube, Meineke, Shaw’s, and Stop-N-Shop. The Way Home is now able to get their clients to interviews, the grocery store, and many other places they once did not have the chance to get to. This program has raised over $7,000 since starting in 2008. This fundraising initiative has helped many families and local organizations obtain the transportation they need and have toys for their children on Christmas. During these tough economic times, the employees at Ride-Away have continued to give back more than ever, not because they are asked to, but because it is what they were meant to do.

“We have continued to carry out the core values of Ride-Away, which is one of the major reasons for our continued successes,” Jaime Kuczewski, Ride-Away Vice President said. “Our corporate culture is one built upon always doing the right thing and making a difference in the communities we work and live in. Ride-Away strives to increase the quality of live in our communities because it directly affects the success of our business.”

Ride-Away hopes to continue to grow and succeed as a company that provides wheelchair accessible vans and vehicle modification for people with disabilities by relying on the same core values they have had since 1986. For more information about Ride-Away visit http://www.Ride-Away.com.

ABOUT BUSINESS NH MAGAZINE: In 1983, Business NH Magazine became New Hampshire’s first statewide business publication that ran on a monthly basis. Known for its excellent business coverage, special reports on local businesses and business people, and sponsoring of various competitions among New Hampshire businesses, they are still the only business publication that runs on a monthly basis. Today, the magazine reaches 50,000 key decision-makers and business leaders statewide.

ABOUT RIDE-AWAY: Ride-Away is America’s largest provider of modified vehicles and adaptive equipment for people with disabilities. Ride-Away products are used by individuals with minor to profound disabilities requiring additional assistance while traveling and range from hand controls and lifts to raised door and lowered floor vehicle modifications. Founded in 1986, Ride-Away’s 11 East Coast locations are committed to offering a broad selection of specialized vehicles and services to meet the needs of every customer. All of Ride-Away’s locations are also QAP (Quality Assurance Program) certified through the National Mobility Equipment Dealers Association (NMEDA), resulting in Ride Away being held to the highest standards in the industry. Ride-Away also gives back to the community by contributing 10% of its earnings to various non-profit organizations throughout their communities and also has over an 85% volunteerism rate with their employees. For more information, call (888)-RIDE-AWAY (888-743-3292) or visit our website at http://www.Ride-Away.com.

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