In economically hard-pressed northeast Indiana, a small automotive miracle is taking place. A double twist of fate has led to an opportunity to fill a niche market for disabled drivers who’d like to be driving something a little flashier than a modified minivan.
Steve Kitchin really wanted a four-wheel drive. So, the former advertising executive designed his dream truck in the back of a barn. With the touch of a button, he simply backs his wheelchair in, and the elevator-like lift raises it up and slides him into the cab of the truck.
He used the prototype to create a new company. But before he could even secure a factory, he was inundated with vehicle requests.
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