February 22, 2011

Quirky Work

Last week, Saginaw News reporter, Katie Lynch-Morin, stopped by Amigo Mobility to test out her assembly skills on the production line. For Quirky Work, her aptly titled column, Katie tests out different types of unusual jobs in the community.

In this photo, Katie helps line worker Dick Belill install the bearings, handle bar and motor on a ValueShopper. Sharing the Amigo story with Katie was a welcome reminder of why we come to work everyday. Dick sums it up best. “The customer is the most important thing,” he said. “They are why we are here.”

Read the full article here.

February 17, 2011

What Do You Do With 446 Christmas Cards?

Did you know that between Thanksgiving and New Year's Day, Americans will generate 25% more waste per week than they do during the rest of the year?

For the past few years, Team Amigo has brought in their holiday cards to send to St. Jude's Ranch for them to recycle, reuse and resell for their non-profit organization. It is also a craft for the kids staying at the hospital. 

Mail your cards to:
St. Jude's Ranch for Children
Recycled Card Program
100 St. Jude's Street
Boulder City
, NV 89005

Visit www.stjudesranch.org for more information.

Thank you, Team Amigo, for donating a total of 446 cards!

February 16, 2011

Sit-a-Thon Success!

Congrats to Amigo owner, Carol John, who completed the Sit-a-Thon we mentioned in last Thursday's post! She raised over $7,000 for the Raining Hope organization in her 24-hour "sit-a-thon" over the weekend. Here she is with the whole Sit-a-Thon crew. Way to go, Carol!

February 15, 2011

As Unique as You Are

What makes Amigo Mobility unique is the availability to customize each Amigo to fit our customers' needs. Last week I had the pleasure of working with a customer who asked for the following adjustments to their new RT Express:
  • Adapt-a-Seat frame allows for choice of custom cushions
  • Tilt-in-Space upper seat post allows the entire seat to be tilted backwards, which prevents pressure sores
  • ROHO Low Profile Quadtro Select seat cushion offers memory control with the push of a button
  • Motion Concepts MaTRx high back seat with built-in head support
These rehab seating options allow for the most comfortable fit when using the Amigo for extended lengths of time. Amigo has numerous seating options based on individual needs. Watch our most recent seating videos or head to our Web site to learn more.
*Please note: the blue strip along the platform is a plastic covering to protect the silver bumper during shipping.

February 10, 2011

Bridgeport Best of the Best

Recently, Amigo Mobility was named the Best of the Best business in Bridgeport, Mich. by the Bridgeport Chamber of Commerce. I attended the annual awards dinner with my parents and was excited to see them receive this award.

Thank you Bridgeport Chamber of Commerce for this recognition!

February 7, 2011

Imported from Michigan

First Amigo made in 1968
One of the most talked about commercials from the Superbowl last night is the Chrysler "Imported from Detroit" commercial. It seems that everyone from Michigan, especially with roots in Detroit, agreed that the commercial inspired pride.

Amigo Mobility is also proud to be a Michigan based manufacturing company. We started in 1968 when I made the first Amigo POV/scooter in my garage. From there, we grew to the building across the street, and today we continue to manufacture all Amigos in Bridgeport, Mich.

As Chrysler is proud to have their cars be "imported from Detroit," we too are proud that Amigos are "imported from Michigan."

February 3, 2011

Upgrades to Amigo Products

Amigo is constantly making product upgrades and improvements based on customer feedback and ideas. Recently, new features have been added to the TravelMate, Viva, and the Classic FD.

These features include: 
  • An upward bend on the front lift handle loop provides more room for your hand when lifting the Amigo.
  • A silver bumper strip on the front wheel cover reduces scuffing and damage to the cover.
  • “Normal” and “freewheeling” labels on the front wheel cover show positions of the manual brake release lever. (Freewheeling mode changes the vehicle from "drive" mode to allow you to push the unit if necessary.)


Looking out a window in Plant 4
Snowmageddon, Snowpocalypse, Snowzilla, Snownado... whatever you want to call it, we had a lot of snow here at Amigo!


February 1, 2011

Raining Hope Sit-a-Thon

Amigo Mobility is pleased to raise awareness for an issue that is close to Amigo owner Carol John's heart. At 6 p.m. on February 11, Carol will begin a 24-hour Sit-a-Thon (instead of a walk-a-thon!) on her Amigo to raise money to provide food, clothing, shelter, healthcare and education for 28 children living at Living Home Children's Home in Uganda.

Back in high school, Carol was fascinated by the stories and photos from her great aunt's trip to Kenya. Her dream of becoming a medical missionary came true when her friend Eydie requested her help on a mission trip to Africa. Currently a board member of Raining Hope, Carol is the treasurer and "regular encourager" since Africa's roads and lodging aren't accessible to her Amigo.

To donate to this worthy cause, click here. Good luck, Carol! We'll be "sitting" for you!