May 31, 2012

Amigos in Mexico - Royal Resorts

Mexico has always held a special place in Amigo founder Al Thieme’s heart. Having busy lives in Michigan, Thieme and wife, Beth, needed a relaxing getaway with their family. Since 1999, the Thieme family has enjoyed annual vacations at the beautiful Royal Sands in Cancun. 
The Royals Sands, Cancun

Al’s first vacation to Mexico was in 1967. This was also the first time he experienced pushing a close family member with multiple sclerosis in a wheelchair. Determined that there must be a better way, Al promised he would build “something” to make her more independent when they returned home to Michigan.

Within a few months, his invention was ready. It was named the Amigo because it was such a "friend" to its users and because the idea had materialized while vacationing in Mexico. 

When the Thiemes and their four children headed to Mexico in 1999 to vacation, they noticed guests using wheelchairs because of injuries or the inability to walk long distances in the heat and sun. They relied on family members to push them around all day, just as Al had experienced 32 years earlier. This time, however, he had a solution to offer. 

A ramp provides access to palapas at 
the Royal Sands
Al and Beth approached Royal Resorts management and showed them the advantages of using an Amigo while traveling. After a successful initial trial, they purchased two Amigos for each resort. Now guests can reserve an Amigo rental prior to their arrival or during their stay.

“Royal Resorts is the first chain of resorts to offer rental Amigos for their guests,” Al Thieme says. “It is great fun to see  guests riding independently.”

To rent an Amigo at any of the Royal Resorts, contact the Royal Market at +52.998.881.0112 or

May 24, 2012

Little "Amigos"!

We love this photo of the Saginaw Little League team we sponsor -- "Team Amigo"! Chris Hunter, a member of our production team, coaches the team with his wife Allyson while his son plays for the team. We hope all our little "Amigos" have a great time playing ball this summer!

May 22, 2012

Amigo Owner Supports Muscular Dystrophy Association

Amigo owner Louie Cowan recently participated in a "Muscle Walk" to support the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA). The walk took place in Rockford, Ill. along the Mighty Rock River, where Louie and his fellows walkers raised more than $9,000 to support the MDA! 

"Thanks to my 'Amigo legs' I completed the fundraising walk and had fantastic weather -- 90 degrees and breezy!" Louie said. Congratulations Louie, we are happy that your Amigo helped you participate, and thank you for sharing this experience with us!

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May 18, 2012

Mobility Awareness Month - Congratulations to the Davert family!

Congratulations to the Davert family on being named a semifinalist in the competition to win an accessible van from the National Mobility Equipment Dealers Association! Melissa Davert and her 13 year old twins Austin and Michaela have osteogenesis imperfecta and use power wheelchairs, and her husband Ken has cerebral palsy.

The public was asked to vote online for their favorite "local hero" story, and the 29,427 votes the Daverts received put them in the top 10 percent out of 1,700 entries. A panel of judges will decide on a winner in June.

We will keep our fingers crossed that the Davert's inspiring story will win them the accessible van. Thank you to any of our readers who may have voted for them in the past few months!

Click here for more information on the Davert family. 

May 17, 2012

Walk to End MS

Team Amigo recently participated in a local Walk to End MS through the National Multiple Sclerosis SocietyWalk MS remains an important event to Amigo Mobility because the first Amigo was invented for an individual who had MS. Thousands of people have regained their mobility due to using an Amigo in the 43 years since. Though a nasty thunderstorm caused the walk to be canceled, many Team Amigo members still made the trip to show their support. Through our fundraising efforts, we raised more than $1,700 in support of this worthy cause. 

There's still time to donate -- donations are being accepted through September. Visit the Team Amigo page to donate now.
Team Amigo members stay safe and dry while still supporting the fight against MS.

May 10, 2012

An Interview with Al & Beth Thieme - 2012 Michigan Manufacturers of the Year!

Al & Beth Thieme, Amigo founder & CEO (respectively) recently received the honor of being chosen as 2012 Michigan Manufacturer of the Year by the Michigan Manufacturing Association. Before receiving their award in Lansing, Mich. on May 8th, Al & Beth sat down with Tim Barron from Lansing's WLMI 92.9 to discuss the honor and a bit of Amigo history. Watch the video below to learn more!

May 7, 2012

Amigo Mobility - Michigan Manufacturer of the Year!

Today kicks off Michigan Manufacturing Week, and we at Amigo Mobility have a lot to celebrate! Al and Beth Thieme recently received the honor of being chosen as 2012 Michigan Manufacturer of the Year by the Michigan Manufacturing Association. The honor is given yearly to companies who prove a commitment to Michigan manufacturing, job creation and positive contributions to the community.

A passion for local manufacturing is at the core of Amigo's business. While many companies have outsourced manufacturing overseas, Amigo Mobility's headquarters and manufacturing plant have always been located in Michigan, where nearly 200,000 Amigos have been manufactured since 1968!

Providing American made manufacturing has allowed Amigo to maintain the highest quality in the market. We hope you are as proud of Amigo's made in the USA products as we are!

Click here to read more about the Michigan Manufacturer of the Year award.