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VMI Acquires AMS to Support Goal of Putting a Wheelchair Accessible Vehicle (WAV) in the Driveway of Every Wheelchair User

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VMI Acquires AMS Vans
PHOENIX — Vantage Mobility International (VMI) acquired AMS Vans, Inc., located in Tucker, Georgia, in pursuit of providing wider access to mobility vehicles. AMS is a leading provider of economy priced wheelchair accessible vehicles (“WAV”). AMS has been a leader in the mobility industry since 1999 as one of the first WAV providers to offer new and used Dodge, Chrysler, Honda, Toyota, and Volkswagen vans for sale with delivery nationwide at affordable prices.

 

Kip Crum, President of AMS, said, “We are truly excited to become a part of VMI. We see this as a positive and natural next step as our industry grows and matures. We are passionate about helping wheelchair users gain their freedom and independence, and we believe partnering with VMI will give us more opportunity to do what we love to do.”Together, the two companies can better serve a growing and complex market that significantly helps an underserved segment of society. “AMS has developed an economy price strategy that enables them to serve a range of customers we were unable to support with our premium positioned VMI products,” said Doug Eaton, President and CEO of VMI. “Kip and his team at AMS have demonstrated that they can effectively earn the business of consumers who are looking for an economical wheelchair accessible vehicle. We couldn’t be more proud to partner with AMS.”

 

VMI has an extensive portfolio of innovative mobility vehicles based on Chrysler, Toyota, Honda and Dodge chassis, and these products are sold exclusively through a nationwide dealer network focused on delivering an enhanced consumer experience. When talking about the plans for how these two companies will be positioned, Eaton said, “VMI has no intention of merging these two brands. We will continue to operate them as separate entities due to their unique customer value propositions.”

 

About VMI
Vantage Mobility International (VMI) is a leading manufacturer of wheelchair accessible vehicles built on Toyota, Honda, Chrysler and Dodge automobiles. It has advanced the mobility industry for 30 years with a robust portfolio of power and manual ramp conversions and platform lifts. VMI is based in Phoenix, Arizona, where its manufacturing facility utilizes Six Sigma techniques to employ continuous process improvements and deliver high quality products for personal use and commercial applications. For additional information, contact Christine Kane at VMI 602-385-5901 or visit www.vmivans.com and www.amsvans.com.

 

Contacts
Vantage Mobility International
Christine Kane, 602-385-5901
Christinek@Vantagemobility.com

VMI was created in response to a need. As a pioneer in the mobility vehicle industry, VMI began when its original founders were challenged to build a better handicap-accessible vehicle for a close family friend. Looking to find a more convenient and simple solution than the traditional mobility lift, our founders took an Oldsmobile Toronado and created easier access by dropping the floor and installing a wheelchair ramp system. This endeavor was so successful, they later applied this innovative technology to a Chrysler minivan, and officially introduced the first wheelchair-accessible minivan in 1987.