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Transporting medical patients by airplane or helicopter presents unique challenges.  Medical equipment needs to be accessible, yet secure.  Compact equipment design is important due to the tight spaces of smaller aircraft. 

Spectrum Aeromed, based in North Dakota and recently recognized as one of Inc. Magazine's 500 fastest-growing companies, provides smart solutions for air ambulance equipment.  From stretchers to oxygen storage, the company equips aircraft from around the world with life flight systems.  

Eighty percent of Spectrum Aeromed’s business comes from international sales, with many clients based in South America, the Middle East, Europe and Russia.  All of Spectrum Aeromed’s operations are in Fargo near Hector International Airport with the exception of two small customer service operations in Washington state and Germany. 
The company's customers appreciate the ease of international travel and transactions out of Fargo. "So much of our business is international that if we bring in an aircraft from Brazil, Mexico or even Canada, they can do customs right here," says Spectrum Aeromed CEO and President Dean Atchison.

Atchison cites the business-friendly climate of North Dakota as one of the factors contributing to the company's success. "North Dakota gets it, from the governor on down," Atchison says. "We don't need to show entrepreneurs how to do things. We need to set up programs and then let them be successful. I think that's what really happens in North Dakota."

Spectrum Aeromed has been able to employ five interns thanks to the North Dakota Department of Commerce's Operation Intern, a cost-sharing program that encourages businesses to employ and train interns. The company has also developed relationships with local universities for workforce recruitment. "North Dakota State University and University of North Dakota are world-class educational institutions," states Atchison. "Being able to hook into those sources of talent is really a key point of differentiation. It allows us to do some things here that we really couldn't do elsewhere."

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