Porticos Develops New Product for ROM Corporation

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, NC— On October 20, R-O-M Corporation unveiled a new product, developed by Porticos, to compliment the company’s flagship RoadwarrioR and SidekicK walk-ramps. This represents the first collaboration between the engineering teams at R-O-M and Porticos.

The new product, available in early 2006, is a strong and lightweight platform that can be rapidly deployed from beneath the side door of a refrigerated trailer. This will greatly enhance the efficiency and safety of side-door offloading and will allow safety walk-ramps to be used even in very close quarters. The system is designed to accommodate many different trailer-constructions and can be adapted to most of the commercial trailers in operation today.

“We were able to deliver innovation on a tight schedule,” said Kevin Carpenter, Chief Engineer at Porticos. “Our team presented a novel concept within 24 hours of the initial meeting, and we were testing a full-scale prototype within six weeks. The test results exceeded even our expectations.” In addition to designing and constructing the prototype, Porticos assisted with testing at the ROM facility in Belton, MO and also provided an animated video demonstration of the system.

According to Clay Smith, Engineering Manager at ROM, “We are extremely pleased with every aspect of the platform prototype project and overall partnering experience with Porticos. We look forward collaborating on future projects with Porticos.”

About R-O-M Corporation — As a recognized innovator in the food distribution, fire service and building security industries, R-O-M Corporation specializes in engineering, manufacturing and distributing custom products such as Insulated Bulkheads, Safety Walkramps, Robinson Roll-Up Shutters, and LinksGuard Security Closures. R-O-M has manufactured quality products since 1947, excelling at innovation, productivity, teamwork and passion for quality. American-made R-O-M products are backed by cutting-edge research and development, on-time delivery and the immediate shipment of parts. For more information on R-O-M, please visit www.romcorp.com.

About Porticos — Porticos, Inc. is a mechanical engineering and product development company located in Research Triangle Park, NC. Established in 2003 as a firm focused on mechanical design, Porticos continues to produce innovative and effective solutions for its clients and the markets they serve. Porticos provides mechanical design, analysis, research and development services to companies including Dell, Sony, Symbol and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. For more information on how Porticos “turns good ideas into great products,” please visit www.porticos.net.

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