Al Thieme (pronounced tee-mee) was a young man working as a plumbing and heating contractor in Bridgeport, Mich. when a family member began to lose her mobility due to multiple sclerosis. Witnessing this loss of independence, he worked in the evenings, after his day job, to create an innovative form of mobility. Thieme went on to invent the first ever power operated vehicle/scooter – the Amigo.
Named for being the “friendly wheelchair,” Thieme met with many organizations, such as the MS Society, to explain the Amigo’s benefits and functionality. Consequently, Amigo Mobility International, Inc. was founded on November 12, 1968 and an entire industry was born.
Today, the headquarters occupies nearly 70,000 square feet of space, including a 2008 addition of 22,000 square feet to the assembly and warehouse areas. As Amigo Mobility’s chairman and founder, Al continues to be actively involved in the company daily. Hands-on and focused, he is passionate about Improving Lives Through Mobility®.
Always on the Go
With Amigo owner Cammy Prince of Okemos, Mich.
With the help of a new Amigo, Cammy Prince is always on the go.
57 Years in 248 Pages
With Amigo owner and author Jack Jensen
For Jack Jensen, squeezing 57 years into 248 pages was no small feat.
Find A Way
With Amigo owner Tim Brown of the Michigan Polio Network
For the past 20 years, Tim Brown has witnessed the growing impact of the Michigan Polio Network (MPN).