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About Twistep

Conceiving, designing, manufacturing, and distributing
highly reliable consumer products that create an
innovative solution to an existing need.

To attain unequivocal excellence in all aspects of the
company measured by employee and customer satisfaction.

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TWISTEP was developed by in 2000 by entrepreneurs Dan Knodle and Gary Bang, who combined have more than 45 years of development expertise and 24 patents between them. 

The TWISTEP® was originally designed to help Dan Knodle’s two German Shepherds, Orion and Congou into the back of his SUV.  TWISTEP® is an instant, multi-use step that attaches to the hitch receiver of a SUV.  Three products in one, TWISTEP>® serves as a stair step for pets, a platform to help load items onto the rooftop of a SUV and a seat to don boots or other sport gear.  It stows easily under the bumper when not in use and can hold up to 500 pounds. 


Orion & Congou
known as the


The dog that started our company

Meet Orion.orion
In a way, you could say his elbows started our company.

Probably much like your dog, Orion, loved to travel with his owner, Dan Knodle. Yet as a two-year old, Orion, a German Shepherd with bad elbows, was experiencing difficulties jumping into and out of the back of Dan’s Chevy Tahoe. As Orion grew, Dan realized he couldn’t keep lifting Orion. In searching out options, Dan found that there were few products that addressed the problem, and the alternatives that were available usually had some major drawbacks.

So Dan, and his friend Gary Bang (who had a similar problem with his Irish Wolfhound / Labrador mix Bentley and his Nissan Xterra) were determined to find a better solution. Innovative entrepreneurs, as well as experienced engineers (with 23 patents to their credit), Dan and Gary created TWISTEP®, an instant pet stair step for SUV's and Pickups. As a dog owner, you may be experiencing the same challenges with your pet and your SUV or Pickup that Dan and Gary did.

You love your four-legged friend and want to have him/her travel with you, but getting a dog into and out of a higher vehicle can be hard on your dog as well as on you.

Now there’s an innovative and practical solution.

Heininger Holdings, LLC. • 2222 Queen Street • Bellingham, Washington 98229
Phone: 360.756.2411 or Toll Free: 888.722.5240 • Fax: 360.756.2414 • Email:
Heininger Holdings, LLC. 2010, Protected by US Patent 6,659,484; other Patents Pending