Invacare started back in 1885 when the Worthington Company began producing a line of vehicles for patients that suffered from mobile impairment. Throughout the years, Invacare has grown and expanded dramatically to the industry leader that it is today. Invacare, as it is known today, began in the late 70’s. At that time, a company called Technicare – a Cleveland-based medical supply manufacturer – was purchased by global leaders Johnson & Johnson. They then decided to sell their wheelchair division known as the Invacare Company. A. Malachi Mixon III, who was working as the vice president of marketing at Technicare, partnered up with a group of investors to raise the $7.8 million needed to complete the entire purchase. What happened next is written in the history books.
Over the last 30 years, Invacare has become a worldwide leader with their innovative creations and have singlehandedly changed the industry. With products such as their Invacare wheelchair, split-spring bed, oxygen system, and gearless, brushless motor, they have grown and diversified over time. Additionally, Invacare has also rapidly expanded through acquisitions of companies such as Carters, Poirier and Scandinavian Movility, and others, and has also engaged in volunteer efforts that have dramatically changed the lives of many.