Amramp Increases Accessibility in Alberta with Opening of First Canadian Office


May 08, 2012

Amramp, a leading North American franchise specializing in quality wheelchair ramps and other accessibility solutions, recently opened its first office in Edmonton, Alberta.

As a leading manufacturer of affordable steel ramps for disability access to residential and commercial buildings as well as special events, Amramp is providing a cost-effective accessibility solution for those with mobility challenges. Amramp’s wheelchair ramps are available to rent or buy with no minimum size or rental period. Whether a person has a short-term or long-term disability, Amramp’s network of inventory warehouses allows franchisees to provide rapid delivery.

“Working with Amramp gives me the best opportunity to help my clients get to where they need to go, safely and affordably,” said Lorne Wensel, owner of Amramp in Edmonton and fourth generation Edmonton native. “Whether it’s installing a ramp for temporary use during recuperation from surgery or modifying a home so an elderly person can live independently, ramps are becoming more and more relevant for the disabled and aging population. Not to mention, Amramp is the most effective ramp solution in Edmonton because of the ramp surface’s unique ability to allow rain and snow to pass through. With such long winters and the risk of ice and snow build up, Amramp is just what the Edmonton community needs.”

With a 27-year-old daughter who is a wheelchair user, Wensel understands the obstacles those in wheelchairs face on a day-to-day basis. When his daughter, Elfi, was young, Wensel spent many years researching an accessibility solution for her to use to get in and out of their home. With limited options, Wensel succumbed to building an expensive, permanent concrete ramp. Although it did the job, the concrete ramp was not ideal for the Wensels; the concrete surface was extremely slippery during the long winter days and both Elfi and her father felt the concrete ramp was dangerous to use when it snowed or rained. Now that Elfi is moving out of their home and cannot take the concrete ramp with her (nor would she prefer to), the Wensels had no hesitation in choosing Amramp’s modular steel ramp for Elfi’s new home. This father and daughter team are completely confident in the safety and mechanical integrity of the product. Elfi, a marketing graduate from Northern Alberta Institute of Technology, is eager to utilize her marketing skills to spread awareness for Amramp’s superior accessibility solutions throughout the area – whether it’s getting to and from school or an event, or in and around the house. The Wensels also have future plans to expand their Amramp business to service additional markets within Alberta in the coming years.

“Health care continues to grow in good times and bad because of the aging population and Amramp is expanding with it, providing qualified individuals with a niche franchise option that caters to this growing segment,” said Julian Gordon, President and Founder of Amramp. “We are looking to grow with franchise partners such as Lorne who are committed and passionate about making a positive and meaningful impact on these people’s lives.”

Setting the industry standard for innovation and versatility, Amramp also offers a system of accessibility equipment through its HomeNest® program. Amramp provides a complete, affordable suite of wheelchair ramps, lifts, showers and commodes while providing thorough instructions to certified caregivers on each apparatus so they can safely transfer clients from one location to another. At a fraction of the cost of a traditional nursing home, this system works as a comprehensive solution to enhance independence for the patient and family caregiver.

About Amramp

For more than a decade, Amramp has been serving the non-weight bearing population with the satisfaction of easy accessibility to and from destinations and in-home mobility with exceptional products, superior customer service and unique distribution method via invested franchise partners. Amramp operates the largest steel-manufacturing factory in Boston with 30-50 hands-on employees and ships parts to local and regional stocking warehouses across the country ensuring availability within 24-48 hours. Both environmentally and socially responsible, Amramp uses 100 percent recyclable steel and partners with local operations to increase accessibility for the most vulnerable of the population. Amramp also has a history of working closely with organizations such as Rebuilding Together, the ALS Society, Homes for Our Troops, Wounded Warriors Program, Volunteers of America and NeighborWorks America.