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"Cheers" Star in Kennewick

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KENNEWICK, Wash. -- An actor known for his role at a bar called "Cheers" visited the Tri-Cities Friday, John Ratzenberger, better known as Cliff Clavin, was highlighting a Kennewick company for his T.V. show "Made in America."

Ratzenberger was profiling TiLite Titanium Wheelchairs, a company that makes ultra-light chairs. The titaniuam chairs are about twice as light as am aluminum wheelchair.

The chairs at TiLite are each custom made for the person ordering them. And while the chair's average cost is about $5,000, people using them say they make all the difference in their lives.

Marty Ball is TiLite's Vice President of Sales and a TiLite chair user.

He says, "Personally, ya know, it keeps me going. As I age, ya know, your body starts to wear out and I have a chair that works for me, not against me."

Friday, John Ratzenberger talked with TiLite employees and filmed his "Made in America" segment.

He says he chose TiLite because of its innovative product and mission.

Ratzenberger says, "They've enabled people to live more normal lives. Whereas, before their chair had to be pushed by someone else and some of those chairs weigh 40 to 50 pounds."

Ratzenberger says his show, "Made in America", is designed to highlight American manufacuring companies like TiLite, that don't produce their products overseas.

Ratzenberger says, "People don't get how important manufacturing is to the United States. Once it's gone, so are we. It's over, it's done."

Show producers don't have an air date yet for the TiLite episode but Season 5 of the show premiers the beginning of April on the Travel Channel.

Ratzenberger is also planning a trip to the Wild Horse Wind Farm in Ellensburg and the Grand Coulee Dam.

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