Christini Technologies Inc. recently prepared nine of its 450DS all-wheel-drive motorcycles for shipment to the U.S. Border Patrol in Texas.
Though small, it's an important order in advancing the new business mission of president Steve Christini, who is steering the research and development company he formed in 1999 into manufacturing.
"The irony is my mom wouldn't let us have motorcycles," said Christini, 42, who majored in mechanical engineering at Villanova University. A senior design project there established the foundation for his company.
Now with seven employees, headquarters in central Philadelphia and a separate assembly facility, Christini Technologies is believed to be the only off-road original-equipment manufacturer in the United States.