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Phil had an offshore powerboat racing accident in January 1991 which left him with a complete T9 lesion. Once home he threw himself into swimming, tennis and basketball as it was an opportunity for him to stay active and associate with other wheelchair users.

After a number of frustrationís with his own chair he decided to build one for himself out of Titanium. This was so successful he gradually had more built as he sold them to friends and acquaintances.

The small part time garage interest has grown over 16 years to a business that designs and fabricates custom sport and day chairs, and sells imported chairs and mobility products. Two additional businesses import mobility scooters (Shoprider) and offroad buggies (Melrose Motorsport). Phil now employs over 40 staff in two purpose built factories in New Zealand and USA.

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Mike was fabricating yachts and working on specialist projects when he joined Phil to build lightweight chairs after work. They had previously met through Motor Racing some years before, and he was keen to get into his own business. Mike is a trained Welder/Fabricator and specialises in tig welding. He is very precise and is very much hands on in running the fabrication workshop.

Mikes special area of interest is Wheelchair Rugby and he has travelled widely to tournaments. Mike has served as the workshop technician for the Wheelchair Rugby at the Paralympics in Sydney as well as other major tournaments around the world. More recently he has worked with various Wheelchair Rugby teams including New Zealand, Australia, Japan and France as mechanic.

Mike is a keen football player and very keen on motorcycles. He competes with his daughter Brooke in motorcycle speedway.

Charlie is a highly experienced fabricator with Melrose USA.

Charlie worked for Quadra in the 1980's, the first wheelchair company building lightweight wheelchairs in the US. He also was Production manager for Fortress, also a wheelchair manufacturing company and was involved in manufacturing products for Kuschall of America. He later went on to build his own business manufacturing and selling chair products. Charlie brings a huge depth of experence and knowledge to our company.

Administration Manager
Carmen works in our administration department and is usually the first person you will talk to when contacting Melrose USA.

She has been with Melrose since its beginning after having previously worked at Wheelchair Connexions. Carmen brings a wealth of experience with her and can help provide a successful result to your mobility problems.



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