About us

In the late 1960’s, a young Al Thieme was working as a plumbing and heating contractor in Bridgeport, Michigan. A family member began to lose mobility due to multiple sclerosis and there were limited personal mobility devices available at that time.

Al knew there had to be a better way.

Working in the evenings in his garage, Al constructed a vehicle that would allow people with walking limitations to maintain their independence. He invented the Amigo, named for being described as the best friend of the first person who used it and a new industry in mobility was born.

Founded with the mission of Improving Lives Through Mobility®, Amigo is a family owned and operated business that Al continues to run with his wife Beth Thieme and a talented team of employees. Every Amigo is manufactured at our Michigan headquarters and shipped worldwide for a variety of markets including healthcare, grocery and retail, material handling and hospitals.

Mission & Values

Improving Lives Through Mobility® since 1968

We’re dedicated to providing innovative solutions.

  • Find a better way
  • Do the right thing
  • Care for customers & co-workers like family
  • Look to the next 50

Timeline of growth

1968

Al Thieme invents first Amigo, a small, yellow front drive model.

1970

Amigo sells first motorized shopping cart.

1981

Al Thieme receives the United States Small Business Person of the Year award.

1987

Rear drive model expands use to more rugged terrain.

1998

TravelMate becomes world's first folding mobility scooter.

2002

ValueShopper motorized shopping cart introduced; currently, the top five U.S. retailers choose Amigo products.

2012

Al & Beth Thieme receive the Michigan Manufacturer of the Year award from the Michigan Manufacturer's Association.

2015

Amigo material handling carts introduced.

2018

Amigo celebrated 50 years of Improving Lives Through Mobility®.

Our leadership team

Al Thieme

Chairman and Founder

Amigo team member since 1968

Beth Thieme

Chief Executive Officer

Amigo team member since 1975

Rick Vander Weele

President

Amigo team member since 2019

Mike LaBrake

Director of Customer Service Operations

Amigo team member since 1988

Mike Galer

Director of Finance

Amigo team member since 1992

Jennifer Thieme-Kehres

Director of Business Development

Amigo team member since 2007

Jordan Thieme

Director of Operations

Amigo team member since 2010

Ryan Maher

Controller

Amigo team member since 2013

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