Vantage Mobility International (VMI) has announced plans to launch a new commercial division whose role will be providing wheelchair-accessible vehicles (WAVs) to North American commercial consumers. The new subsidiary, which is going to manufacture ADA-compliant WAVs, will incorporate the company’s pioneering, inventive and patented technologies.
According to VMI’s CEO and President, Doug Eaton, there is an increasingly higher demand for WAVs from commercial customers, and VMI will therefore be targeting these people with its revolutionary products to ensure that more and more of them can start experiencing the independence and freedom and that they deserve and yearn for. He further added that the inauguration of the new commercial division at VMI is the next move in his company’s quest to expand mobility for U.S. wheelchair users. VMI has over the past year and a half been investing in product quality and manufacturing excellence and is now in the best position to extend its retail capabilities into the commercial marketplace.
For almost 30 years, the Phoenix, Arizona-based firm has been at the forefront in providing users with top quality mobility vehicles. Being a leader and pacesetter in this industry, the company’s innovative-side entry in-floor ramp minivans provide consumers with the most expedient boarding for passengers, as well as the most spacious interior for wheelchair users to maneuver around quite tirelessly. The kind of reliability and top quality innovation that is seen with VMI’s in-floor technology is a culmination of the evolution of more than two decades of in-floor experience.
Hugh Palmer, the current Director of Product Management at VMI, is also going to head the new Commercial Division. Palmer has extensive experience in both business and product development. He is a both a gifted and polished R&D executive, with a lot of experience in the introduction of new products into the market. He recently won the R&D 100 Best Products of the Year Award.
Palmer says that the new subsidiary is set to bring together VMI’s retail products strength in both comfort and convenience, as well as commercial-grade durability and reliability. This will enable them to offer their customers innovative products at affordable and competitive prices without having to sacrifice any comforts associated with their ambulatory and wheelchair passengers.
The official inauguration of the first commercial WAV by VMI is set to happen in July 2015, while August is the scheduled date for the commencement of full-scale manufacturing and delivery.
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