No Surprise Here; Pride Mobility is Proud of Who They Are

The Times Leader, a Pennsylvania newspaper, covered Pride Mobility on April 25, 2016. The article, titled “Pride Mobility employees take pride in their work of making life easier for those with disabilities,” talks about how Pride Mobility is proud of being based in Exeter, PA.

In the article, Mark Smith talks about how Pride Mobility has a 1 day turn-around time for lift chairs. He cites the employee’s pride in their work as a reason for this feat.

Smith says ““(We) focus heavily on consumer design,” when referring to how Pride recently introduced the iLevel chair. The iLevel chair is a chair that brings the sitter to eye level with a standing person. Pride says that this brings dignity to the disabled sitter.

“The work ethic in this community is like nothing I’ve ever seen,” Denise Truesdale said. “Individuals want to work hard. They’re proud of what they do here.” Truesdale is the VP of human development at the company. The company often brings high school students through the facility to show them local job opportunities. The company also offer internships and jobs to local college students.

Pride Mobility has 300 employees in its Duryea, PA plant. It has been in business for 30 years.

On December 11, 2015, Pride released the Oasis lift chairs, an extension to their Infinite Collection lift chairs. The Oasis is capable of entering the Sleeper position, Zero-Gravity position, and Trendelenburg position as well as many other positions in between. It has a 375 pound weight capacity and is available in several fabric options. There is a medium and large model.

On April 5, 2016, the federal court ruled that all but 1 of Pride Mobility’s wheelchair patents were valid. The other ones were “obvious” said the court. This came after Pride sued another wheelchair maker, Permobil Inc, for patent infringement. Pride Mobility was represented by Gary H. Levin, Harold H. Fullmer and Daniel J. Goettler of Baker & Hostetler LLP. Permobil was represented by Amy K. Wigmore, Owen K. Allen, Heath Brooks, David Langdon Cavanaugh and Richard Anthony Crudo of WilmerHale. The case was Pride Mobility Products Corp v. Permobil Inc, case # 2015-1585 and 2015-1586 in the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. The judges were Jimmie V. Reyna, Richard G. Taranto and Raymond T. Chen. The case can be read on Law360.

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