The Abilties Expo rolled into Houston, TX last weekend and had an outstanding attendance. The three day expo had over 2500 attendees which was a 40% increase over last year. We are getting the word out about these great expos that are geared towards people with disabilities.
VMI had a great presence at the Expo showcasing some great new products including the 2011 VMI Honda Odyssey Northstar, the 2011 VMI Dodge Grand Caravan Northstar, Full-size van with the Ricon Slide-Away Lift and the Fiorella platform lift.
At this expo, we installed clear Lexan flooring on our Northstar in-floor ramps. Our Northstar system, which is going on our 19th year production, is a simple system and we thought a window into the system would be a perfect way of explaining it.
The Slide-Away platform lift on the Tuscany/VMI full-size Ford van was a big attraction as full-size vans are becoming less and less prevalent in terms of wheelchair vans. The minivans are allowing for more wheelchair maneuverability and weight capacity which means bigger power chairs can now get into vans that they couldn’t before.
Among the many smiling faces at the Expo, we ran into Ms. Wheelchair Texas! It’s always great for us to get out and meet our customers and and see old friends! See ya next year!!