Golden Technologies is proud to be a true American manufacturer of lift chairs. Our headquarters in Old Forge, Pa., (the exterior shown at right) is the largest facility in the world dedicated solely to the manufacture of lift chairs. Our other product lines –mobility scooters and power wheelchairs — are assembled in our Mobility Operations facility in nearby Kingston, Pa., all by Golden Technologies’ employees. We are proud to provide jobs for more than 400 Americans, contributing to the strength of the economy.
The history of Golden Technologies is a story that defines the American dream. Founded in 1985 by Robert Golden, Sr., and Fred Kiwak, Golden Technologies was founded on the pledge to “build it right the first time,” a motto that still holds true today. In fact, that promise is proudly displayed on a banner hanging above our lift chair manufacturing floor, reminding our employees every day of the commitment we have to our customers. As a family-owned, family-operated company, Golden Technologies is committed to manufacturing the highest quality products in the durable medical equipment industry.
Golden and Kiwak began manufacturing lift chairs in a one-car garage in West Pittston, Pa., (shown at right) a small town where families worked hard to survive as the Pennsylvania coal mining era was ending. The pair partnered with some of the finest craftsmen in the region and worked together to design and build lift chairs that would withstand years of use. As their reputation for quality spread, the business grew, and quickly became a family operation, employing several members of the Golden and Kiwak families. Robert Golden’s son, Richard, was one of the company’s first employees. He was named CEO in 1991, a position he continues to hold today. Although Robert Golden has since retired from the day to day activities, he continues to serve as Chairman of the Board. Kiwak continues to be actively involved as our Vice President of Research and Development.
The Golden Technologies’ leadership team was not satsified being the best in the lift chair industry and soon began to expand into other areas of the home healthcare business. In 1992 we entered the luxury adjustable bed market. Our luxury adjustable beds have a reputation for being a high quality, reliable product that offers our customers the ability to experience a better night’s sleep through the multiple sleep positions available from an adjustable bed. We discontinued our adjustable bed line in 2013 to put our focus on lift chairs, scooters and power wheelchairs.
Golden expanded into the personal scooter business in 1996. Today, we offer several models of scooters serving a wide range of needs, from the portability of the Buzzaround Lite, Buzzaround XL and LiteRider scooters; to the luxurious appointments of the Companion models; and the outdoor, heavy duty Patriot scooter with a 400 lb. weight capacity and the Avenger four-wheel scooter with a 500 lb. weight capacity.
In 2003 Golden Technologies was awarded the U.S. Veteran’s Administration contract to supply our Companion scooters to all U.S. Veterans through Veterans Administration Medical Centers throughout the nation. We are very proud that the quality and durability of the Companion scooters, and our dedication to this program, has enabled us to renew this contract with the U.S. Veteran’s Administration every year since.
Our expansion into the power wheelchair business was the latest step in offering a line of products to help those with varying levels of disabilities. Since 2005, our Golden Compass series of power wheelchairs provides the manueverability and stability of true center-wheel drive performance of the Compass Sport and the Compass HD (Heavy Duty) models. In addition, we offer a unique consumer power chair with the LiteRider PTC Personal Transport Chair.