Tragedy can give birth to a myriad of responses, fortunately for the disabled, Tim Swenson’s response was inspiration, compassion, and motivation to serve his son and others who were disabled.
In 1998 Tim and Donna Swenson’s son, Jeff suffered a spinal cord injury in an automobile accident. After months of recovery and therapy, Tim’s focus was to see that this disability didn’t prevent Jeff from participating and enjoying an active outdoor lifestyle.
Being a motor sports dealer for over twenty years, Tim focused his energy on creating a mobility product that would allow the disabled to go beyond the paved path and get back into the woods, prairies, and mountains, giving them an opportunity to hike, hunt, fish, and camp with family and friends. More importantly giving them back more than just mobility but the freedom to decide for themselves-when to go, and where to go.
That dedication led to the creation of the Action Trackchair ®, a twin tracked, electric wheelchair with the power and traction to traverse grass, mud, sand, and snow, to climb and forge water. A network of distributors and local dealers were established to tell the Action Trackchair ® story and introduce the product. Dealers now cover all fifty states and seven foreign countries.
There are four base models, and two FDA chairs, that come in various sizes, with more than a dozen colors available, and a host of accessories that allow users to custom build their chair to match their intended uses, hobbies, and style.
From the beginning disabled veterans have made up a significant percentage of users. Programs, like the Independence Fund, and Semper Fi have sprung up to provide deserving veterans with Chairs. Similar groups have formed to serve disabled children, and First Responders. Additional groups have stepped forward to raise funds for the Nation’s State Parks. Youth camps, fishing and hunting camps, along with resorts and others in the hospitality industry that have come to recognize the importance of meeting the needs of disabled participants.
In 2022 Action Manufacturing was purchased by Tim and Donna Swenson’s son – Jim Swenson and his wife Teah of Marshall, Minnesota. Jim and Teach run multiple businesses throughout Marshall and plan to carry on the AMI legacy that Tim and Donna began.
TSS Equipment Company is a family owned and operated business in Northeastern Wisconsin. TSS is owned by Tom Schneider and daughter Kelly Schei. The Schneider Family found an advertisement for the Action Trackchair in 2010 in a regional publication and found the concept particularly intriguing. After a close call in an automobile accident and a sister business that was in the hunting industry, the Action Trackchair left them wanting to learn more. Shortly after meeting with Tim Swenson, the owner of AMI and inventor of the Action Trackchair, the Schneider’s added the Action Trackchair to their product line in the fall of 2010 for the state of Wisconsin. Fast forward twelve years and the Action Trackchair is now their main focus after selling their sister company. Since then, they’ve grown their distributorship of the Action Trackchair to include WI, MI, IL, IN, KY, OH, WV, PA, and NY.
As the wife of a wounded veteran, Kelly, has taken the dedication to the Action Trackchair clients in a new light. Seeing the day to day struggles that those individuals struggle with and seeing and knowing how the Action Trackchair can provide a new outlook on life for them has been amazing.
Being part of this product line has truly changed all of the TSS team members and their lives. This product line has grown to be a very rewarding career path helping individuals regain independence back in the outdoors. Each customer presents a different story, a different why to our career and a different life changed with each chair purchased. TSS Equipment, LLC and their dealers now cover nine states in the Great Lakes Region and have well over 1000 chairs sold and happy customers added to the Action Trackchair family. We continue to be blessed to be part of the journey known as the Action Trackchair.
TSS Equipment Company, is a family operated business, ran by Tom Schneider and his daughter Kelly Schei, in Northeastern Wisconsin. The Schneider family, found an advertisement for the Action Trackchair in 2010 in a regional publication, and found the concept particularly intriguing. The combination of the Schneider’s sister business being in the outdoor and hunting industry and the Schneider’s close call in an automobile accident the year prior had them wanting to learn more about the Action Trackchair, and the possibility of bringing it into their family business. TSS Equipment added the Action Trackchair to their product line in the fall of 2010 in the state of Wisconsin. Now into their ninth year, they have recently sold their sister company to shift their focus entirely on the Action Trackchair. They have dealers covering nine states throughout the Great Lakes Region, and have over 1000 chairs and happy customers added to the Action Trackchair family. Being a part of this amazing product line has truly changed the lives of all of the TSS team members, and has grown to be a very rewarding part of our careers. Each customer presents a different life story, and a different way in which the Action Trackchair can better their life, and we continue to be blessed to be a part of the journey known as the Action Trackchair.