National Ramp was founded in the early 2000s and has been owned by Garth Walker since 2010. Prior to owning National Ramp, Garth, with his family, worked in the home modification space and was an early dealer of National Ramp products. The family’s direct work with the end consumer impressed upon them the importance of service, as people’s lives and abilities to safely continue living in their own homes was dependent upon the work being done.
National Ramp has always been innovative, and the company’s first market disruption was the introduction of the Breeze aluminum mesh ramp. Previously, consumers looking to purchase a ramp were left with either solid decking aluminum or painted steel open mesh. National Ramp was the first to marry the best of both options and give consumers a ramp that would allow rain and snow to pass through with a maintenance-free material. The next product offered by National Ramp was the Triumph Series steel open mesh ramp.
When the Walker family worked as a dealer of ramps, the steel ramps on the market were painted by the dealers, which was tedious and didn’t reflect the quality that National Ramp wanted to put forward, so a powder-coated ramp was created. The powder coating finish is more durable than paint, lengthening the lifespan of the steel. The next product line innovation was the Victory Series wooden ramp. National Ramp now gave consumers the option for a modular wooden ramp, allowing them to bypass a need for a permanent, custom wooden ramp which could take days or weeks to be finished and installed by a carpenter. The aluminum solid decking Liberty ramp was the next market rollout for National Ramp, giving consumers a more economical choice for a maintenance-free aluminum ramp.
Aside from the product innovations, National Ramp also innovated the partnership between the manufacturer and the dealers with the Ramp it Up training program, giving dealers the training and marketing support needed to best benefit the end consumer. And National Ramp is always innovating. Listening to the customers – both dealers and the end consumer – to modify and add items to best meet the cost, aesthetic, and maintenance needs of the marketplace. With all product innovations, the core responsibility of service to the end consumer will always be kept in mind: products will be engineered with strength for safety and designed to be easily installed in a matter of hours, to best restore Freedom Now.
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