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Pasco's TiLite company bringing custom wheelchairs to people around the world

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PASCO, Wash.-- A Pasco company that makes custom titanium wheelchairs is enjoying some exponential growth in their business.

The company makes custom wheelchairs for people around the world.

TiLite continues to grow as the demand for their custom wheelchairs continues to build. Their sales jumped 20% in the last year.

TiLite makes and designs all their custom wheelchairs in Pasco and not a single piece of the titanium chair is made until the user's measurements come in. They're one of only two titanium wheelchair makers in the U.S. and their products are reaching farther around the world as consumers discover their attention to detail and fit.

"We look at a medical device in a completely different way. It is a wheelchair but we don't look at it like other medical devices. We look at it like a consumer product," said Josh Anderson, TiLite Marketing.

"You have a closer relationship with that product than you will any other product that you're going to use. Being custom fitted, it becomes a part of your body," said Doug Garven, TiLite Designer.

TiLite has grown to employ 170 people at their Pasco facility. They produce and ship out more than 10,000 custom wheelchairs a year.

"Each person that works here, that represents this huge positive impact and it's not just on the Tri-Cities area but it's on the 37 different countries that we sell our products into," said Anderson.

TiLite's attention to detail, through color and character, is inspiring people of all ages who use their products.

"Because somebody has to use a wheelchair, doesn't mean that they need to look in the mirror and feel disabled. In fact, we want just the opposite. We want them to look in the mirror and feel enabled," Anderson said.

TiLite also gives wheelchairs to charity and some went to Haiti after the earthquake.

TiLite will receive an award Wednesday from the Association of Washington Business in Manufacturing Excellence.