Reporter's notebook: TSS auction: What about Alliance?

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

NEW BRAUNFELS, Texas – Alliance Seating and Mobility and its troupe of assistive technology professionals (ATPs) have been off the radar lately.

As the complex rehab arm of The Scooter Store, Alliance was just as affected by an FBI raid in March at The Scooter Store’s main office, layoffs of all but 300 of the provider’s employees that same month, and a bankruptcy filing in April.

However, Alliance hadn’t been mentioned by anyone until Numotion announced it would repair the company’s equipment in June (see related brief).

While a Scooter Store spokeswoman confirmed to HME News that Alliance employees were among those laid off in the spring, and that the company’s assets are part of what The Scooter Store is selling off thorough its bankruptcy auction, details are scarce. The word “Alliance” doesn’t appear in any of The Scooter Store’s bankruptcy documents.

A dozen calls to ATPs around the country asking about the whereabouts of ATPs working for Alliance proved mostly fruitless—only one offered any insight. 

“I know several Alliance ATPs, and most were picked up by other suppliers,” said Alisa Adams, an ATP and consultant from Atlanta. “A number were picked up very quickly—especially if they had a reputation for having a big book of business.”

Adams said she knew Alliance ATPs in eight states—and all got new jobs at new companies. 

That’s consistent with what RESNA spokeswoman Andrea Van Hook told HME News when asked if she knew what happened to the ATPs who worked for Alliance. While she couldn’t comment specifically about Alliance, she said the job market is hot for ATPs.

“The RESNA Job Board always lists numerous openings for ATPs, so we haven’t noticed a change there,” said Van Hook. “(There) still seems to be a high demand for ATPs across the