Monday, February 28, 2005

Roscoe Medical enters mobility market
STRONGSVILLE, Ohio - Distributor Roscoe Medical entered the mobility market last month with the addition of a new line of manual wheelchair replacement parts and accessories. “The addition of wheelchair replacement parts is a perfect complement to our existing replacement parts lines, and is something that our customers have been asking us to provide for quite some time,” said Rochelle Thuener, Roscoe Medical’s president and owner. Rosoce Medical’s wheelchair replacement parts and accessories includes upholstery, wheels, front casters, tires and tubes, seat belts, leg rests and footrests and are compatible with many of the leading manual wheelchairs models on the market today.
Scooter Store hires Bush confidant for legal team

NEW BRAUNFELS, Texas - The Scooter Store added some heavy-duty fire power to its legal team in January when Marc Racicot, a member of President George W. Bush’s inner circle and a former governor of Montana, joined the company. Racicot will head up strategy for the company’s legal team, according to Scooter Store President Mike Pfister. Racicot served as Montana’s governor from 1993 to 2001 and as Montana’s attorney general from 1989 to 1992. From 2001 through 2004 he served as chairman of the Republican National Committee, and President Bush thanked him publicly for helping with his re-election campaign.
Disability advocates spar with discount airliner

Forest Hills, N.Y. - JetBlue Airways has found itself in a dispute with advocates for the disabled who complain the aircraft the company plans to use in its expansion do not meet federal rules that require space to store a wheelchair. JetBlue’s new100-seat E-190s do not have room to stow one wheelchair in the cabin, per FAA requirements. The company asked the U.S. Department of Transportation for a waiver, but the 21,000-member Washington, D.C.-based Paralyzed Veterans of America is opposing the carrier’s request. The company suggested it could store wheelchairs in the cargo section, but the group rejected the compromise saying equipment is too easily damaged there. The FTA has not yet ruled on the waiver.