Permobil rehabs... a house

Saturday, April 30, 2005

LEBANON, Tenn. -- Permobil has renovated a 5,000-square-foot ranch home near its corporate headquarters as a home away from home for the 10-15 dealer groups it cycles through annually.
In the past, Permobil hosted its customers at downtown Nashville hotels.
"We wanted to have an environment that's more like a home, so we bought a home," said Barry Steelman, Permobil's director of marketing. "We'll have meals cooked in the house, and there's a swimming pool out back."
Permobil was inspired to renovate the house after observing the success of a host house maintained by its parent company in Sweden. A Permobil business associate, the office furniture maker HermanMiller, runs its own hotel for customers.
Permobil's three-level, 10-15 year-old home sits on an acre lot about two miles away from the Lebanon office in a residential area. The first floor is wheelchair accessible.