Mobility Connection adds new ‘Venture’

Saturday, May 31, 2003

ROCKFORD, Ill. — When Becky Peterson and her partner Roger Lichty gazed upon a 100-year-old aging warehouse in Rockford, Ill., visions of Mobility Connection’s future became clear.

After purchasing Vehicle Ventures, which converts vehicles for handicap accessibility, for an undisclosed amount last year, Peterson and Lichty looked for a central location where both businesses could merge under one roof. With 2,800square feet for showroom space and 10 garage bays three times that size adjacent, the warehouse was a match.

Vehicle Ventures’ employees were kept on and owner Larry Nalley has agreed to stay on for three more years while he manages the integration of his vehicle conversion business.

“The beauty of it is that we share the same customer base,” Peterson said. “We were just at opposite sides of town. Now we can centralize it all into one area.”

The seven-employee company now offers a variety of ramps, hand controls, steering knobs, extended breaks and gas pedals to go along with its full line of power and manual wheelchairs, seat lifts, Hoyer lifts, and bathroom safety products.

“We know sales are going to increase,” she said. “We are getting additional clients and we’re opening up new opportunities on both ends.” HME