“We rarely need a language services company, so use them sparingly,” stated Whittier. “This bid opportunity with EcoPetrol arose with a short turn-around requiring the translation of an 80+ page Request for Proposal document from Spanish to English. Then we needed to get the bid finalized and to them in less than a week’s time.”
According to Whittier, his company approached a couple of firms in their immediate area and none were willing to translate the document in such a short timeframe. So, he contacted Avantgarde Translations, and they not only were willing to get it done, but turned the translation of the most critical parts over the weekend to give his team time to prepare the bid. “I was impressed with the way in which Avantgarde managed this project. They took leadership in the process by guiding us in prioritizing the most critical portions of the document so that their translations would be supplied to us in the best manner to help us keep things moving on our end while preparing the bid. We won the bid because Avantgarde gave us the ability to respond, produce and compete.”
The contract was to replace two diesel engines for its natural gas power pumping stations in Colombia, South America. Valued at several million dollars, the contract has opened the door for future commercial opportunities and pursuits with EcoPetrol.
With this latest opportunity proving the value of a good language services resource, Whittier confirms, “Avantgarde Translations ability to manage the process, responsiveness and accuracy in the end product are all reasons why we won’t hesitate to pursue other opportunities.”
About Fairbanks Morse Engine
Fairbanks Morse Engine, based in Beloit, Wisconsin, USA, is a worldwide leader in engine technology and manufacturing. Since the company's founding in the 1870s, Fairbanks Morse Engine has produced a wide variety of products, including the Eclipse Windmill, the Train Master locomotive, and the first commercially successful gasoline engine in 1893. Today, the core business goal of Fairbanks Morse Engine is to provide its customers with the highest quality diesel engines and generator sets, dual-fuel engine generator sets, and OEM parts and to back them all with world-class field service support. Primary markets include stationary power generation and marine propulsion. Fairbanks Morse Engine recently completed a 1,500-hour qualification test to Navy specifications on the largest medium speed diesel engine manufactured in the U.S.A.
About Avantgarde Translations
Established in 2004, Avantgarde Translations is a language services company offering an array of multilingual services including translation, interpreting, editing, proofreading, translation reviews, and cultural consulting. The company focuses on enriching and enhancing multilingual communications by bridging the linguistic and cultural gaps that exist between different languages. This enables Avantgarde Translations to provide customized language solutions that go beyond the word to deliver an effective message for its clients. With offices in Charlotte, North Carolina (USA), and Mississauga, Ontario (Canada), the company focuses on a broad client base throughout eastern Canada and the eastern United States. Clients range from Fortune 100 companies to private specialized international businesses in a variety of industries. Institutional and government organizations also seek Avantgarde Translations’
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