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About us

Our Story

When a family member began to lose their mobility due to Multiple Sclerosis in 1968, there were limited personal mobility devices available. At the time, a young Al Thieme, was working as a plumbing and heating contractor in Bridgeport, Michigan.

Al knew there MUST be a better way.

After countless evenings spent working in his garage, Al constructed the Amigo. It was named for being the best friend of the person who used it. Thus a new industry in mobility was born. An industry that would allow individuals to maintain their independence.

Amigo Mobility Today

Finding quality solutions for mobility needs continue to be our passion, with roots planted in healthcare. Our goal has remained the same, finding quality solutions for mobility needs.

With over half a century’s worth of experience in designing and manufacturing our product, our pace of innovation has lead us to product lines covering healthcare, grocery & retail, industrial, government and hospitals.

Mission & Values

Founded with the mission of Improving Lives Through Mobility®, Amigo is a family owned and operated business. Al continues to run the company, alongside his wife Beth Thieme, and a talented team of employees. Every Amigo continues to be manufactured at our Michigan headquarters and is shipped worldwide. We believe in:

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

Timeline of growth


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


Amigo sells it's first motorized shopping cart.


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


Rear drive model expanded for use on a more rugged terrain.


TravelMate becomes the world's first folding mobility scooter.


Second motorized shopping cart model introduced - the ValueShopper.


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


Amigo material handling carts are introduced.


Amigo celebrated 50 years of Improving Lives Through Mobility®.


Breaking ground on building expansion.


Amigo acquires AeroTow and completes building expansion


There Must Be a Better Way, the story of Al Thieme and Amigo Mobility was published.
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Our leadership team

Al Thieme

Al Thieme

Chairman and Founder

Amigo team member since 1968

Beth Thieme

Beth Thieme

President & CEO

Amigo team member since 1975


Mike LaBrake

Mike LaBrake

Director of Customer Service

Amigo team member since 1988

Jennifer Thieme-Kehres

Jennifer Thieme-Kehres

Director of Business Development

Amigo team member since 2007

Jordan Thieme

Jordan Thieme

Director of Operations

Amigo team member since 2010

Ryan Maher

Ryan Maher

Director of Finance & Administration

Amigo team member since 2013

Gary Adams

Gary Adams

Director of Sales

Amigo team member since 2015

Bill Whitaker

Bill Whitaker

Director of Product Development

Amigo team member since 2022

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