A February 2015 fire totally destroyed the IMED Mobility building on First Street.
A year later, construction of a new building has begun. Bob Lundin (pictured above), IMED Mobility president and CEO, said the fire came about a month before the business was ready to expand.
“I think we were probably within a month of starting an addition. We had all the plans approved,” Lundin said. “We’re building pretty much what we were going to do for an addition because we’re putting service on the end of the building.”
The fire started in an electrical outlet that had gotten moisture in it and it arched. The damage from the fire made the building unsalvageable.
After three different inspections from the state fire marshal and insurance inspectors, they were able to take down the old building.
For the past 12-15 years, all of the service to vehicles has happened at another building down the street. With the new building, they will have three service bays on the east end of the building.
On the west end, they will have a showroom for three or four vans, as well as display space for in-home products like a stair lift. It will also include about nine offices.
The service area is about 4,000 square feet. The total space for the building is 8,200 square feet.
Lundin said the target for completion is sometime in May.
Besides Lundin, IMED has seven full-time people including two salespeople and two full-time service techs. The business covers about 200 miles of territory and holds a contract with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Through that contract, they deliver hospital beds for veterans.
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