Permobil, owned by Patricia Industries, a subsidiary of the Swedish-based company , acquired custom molded seating manufacturer Prairie Seating in Skokie, Illinois.
According to Permobil, the acquisition provides Permobil with a platform for innovation and growth in the custom seating business, which enjoys strong demand, and it complements Permobil’s current portfolio of ROHO seating and positioning products.
“The timing of this acquisition is perfect, as it aligns both with our growth ambitions and with our goal of adding premium product solutions to the already strong ROHO product portfolio,” says Tom Borcherding, President of Permobil’s global Business Unit Seating and Positioning.
Prairie Seating will continue manufacturing operations from its Skokie, Illinois, facility, officials said. The initial sales focus will be the U.S. market, with an eye on expansion opportunities in other countries.
“This acquisition represents our unwavering dedication to improving the lives of our clients by enhancing our capability of meeting the needs of users with the most complex postures. From day one we will be able to offer the highest quality custom seating solutions available in the market today, and our ambition is to significantly enhance users’ access to these solutions,” Borcherding added.
Permobil’s products include power wheelchairs, manual wheelchairs and seating and positioning solutions. Permobil’s headquarters is located in Sweden and the company has 1,500 employees in 15 countries, and sales in approximately 70 countries.