United Seating & Mobility makes Aplus acquisition

Saturday, January 31, 2009

EARTH CITY, Mo.--United Seating & Mobility (USM) had Georgia on its mind when it acquired Augusta-based Aplus Mobility in November.

“This strengthens our eastern and northeastern service area for the state,” said Bob Gouy, CEO and president of USM. “It fits very well into our key initiative to provide a broad service area within each of the markets we serve.”

USM now has 31 locations across the country. Aplus Mobility was the second acquisition for the complex rehab provider in 2008. In June, USM bought Apria Healthcare’s rehab business and gained 11 locations, including branches in Pittsburgh and Phoenix, Ariz., where it didn’t have a presence.

Aplus Mobility was an “opportunity acquisition” that fits in USM’s marketplace strategy to be the leading company in the industry within the regions that it serves, Gouy said. Aplus Mobility, a smaller company, was struggling despite “thousands of long-term customers,” he said.

“A lot of companies, especially at the small level, are beginning to be pinched by the economic conditions,” he said. “They don’t have strong balance sheets.”

USM will serve Augusta and surrounding communities out of a new service center in Evans. All seven of the Aplus Mobility employees will stay on with USM, Gouy said.