A Salina-based mobility products manufacturer on Thursday celebrated a new partnership, and reinforced its commitment to helping those with handicaps maintain their mobility.
ElDorado Mobility hosted a customer appreciation event at its Salina manufacturing facility on Wall Street.
The company celebrated its new partnership with the Mobility For Humanity organization. Mobility for Humanity is a non-profit formed in 2011 with the intent to provide mobility transportation for individuals with disabilities in need.
Denny Foerschler is the Director of Consumer Sales for ElDorado Mobility in Salina. He tells KSAL News that the company, known for making light and medium duty buses, produces about 1,000 mobility vans each year, along with the 2,000 – 2,500 buses it produces.
Each mobility van is customized with among other things a lift, and a lower floor. A dealer will then make the final modifications, things like hand controls and other modifications, customized on a case by case basis to fit the owner.
Each customized mobility van that ElDorado Mobility produces retails for anywhere from $50,000 – $60,000.
Events Thursday included a luncheon for all employees and customers, tours of the manufacturing facility, and special VIP guests including Mark Zach, founder of Mobility for Humanity. To date, 12 vehicles have been provided to deserving families through donations to this organization. A family who received a van earlier this spring was recognized Thursday.
Foerschler says that the mobility vans produced in Salina are delivered all over North America, and also have been delivered in Israel and Norway.
ElDorado has been manufacturing mobility products for 14 years at its facility in Salina. The company is owned by Allied Specialty Vehicle, the largest manufacturer in North America of emergency vehicles and small buses, as well as the leading manufacturer of terminal trucks, recreation vehicles and street sweepers. The company employs over 300 people in Salina.