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Neoteric Hovercraft Appeal to Global Market

NBC 2 TV, Terre Haute, Indiana USA
08 June 2011

Image Neoteric Hovercraft pilot training China Personnel from Freeway Technologies Co. Ltd., Xiamen, China,
graduate from a week of intensive flight training and maintenance
instruction at  Neoteric. From left: Yu Xie, Chuan He, Zhiqiang Wang,
Wenming Qiu, Chris Fitzgerald, Shixian Liu, Arno Mohr.

Announcer: A local business is catering to a select global market and it has been doing so since 1975. NBC's Wes Woodward takes a look at a product and a company that you may not have known existed ...

International figures originating from all points of the globe. State of the art technology applied to a ultra modern vehicle. A clandestine research and production facility hidden in plain sight …

All the makings of really good spy movie right here in the Wabash Valley, right?

It's not the latest James Bond thriller, but Neoteric Hovercraft.

Hovercraft ride on a cushion of air and can perform a host of duties. "Extremely useful in water rescues, on thin ice and rapidly flowing water ... and in other places other vehicles can't go," says firm president Chris Fitzgerald.

Australian Chris Fitzgerald brought the company here in the mid 1970s and itís been going strong ever since, especially on the global scene.

"Itís not like selling hamburgers, we're really selling to the world market,Ē states Fitzgerald, ďWith a hovercraft itís perhaps a lot more like a helicopter than a boat. So it requires a bit of training and as a consequence over the last 30 years we have trained almost a thousand people from all over the world."

This week it’s a group from China, led by an engineer from Austria …

"People find you on the internet, and they want to become a dealer. They want to become involved with search and rescue. Sometimes we're contacted directly by the rescue departments themselves but quite often by dealers; in this case it’s a distributor, who sent people for training and repair work,” Fitzgerald explains.

A player on the world stage, Fitzgerald is fine if his company continues to fly under Terre Haute's radar …

"It’s not a product where you have to advertise locally since the market is really international. If it wasn't for the fact we sometimes make some noise you wouldn't know about us. So I guess you could say we are top secret," laughs Fitzgerald.

Announcer: If you are interested in buying a hovercraft from Neoteric at their 19th and Tippecanoe building, they start out at around $25,000 for the 2 seater and go on up for the six seat variety.

Neoteric Hovercraft, Inc.
1649 Tippecanoe Street Terre Haute, Indiana USA 47807-2394
Telephone: 1-812-234-1120 / 1-800-285-3761 Fax: 877-640-8507

www.neoterichovercraft.com / www.rescuehovercraft.com
E-mail: hovermail@neoterichovercraft.com
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