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 first “Amigo,” named for being such a good friend which became the first product of its kind in a new industry.

In 1968, Amigo Mobility International, Inc. was founded with the mission of Improving Lives Through Mobility®. Amigo is a family owned and operated business which has grown to include four product lines: Healthcare, Grocery & Retail, Material Handling and Hospital. Each category provides innovative solutions to meet mobility needs in diverse markets.

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


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


Amigo sells first motorized shopping cart.


Rear drive model expands use to more rugged terrain.


TravelMate becomes world's first folding mobility scooter.


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


Amigo material handling carts introduced.


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


Amigo team member since 2019

Mike LaBrake

Direct 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


Amigo team member since 2013