Brian Caulfield of Precision Billet in Gilbert. (Source: CBS 5 News)
GILBERT, AZ (CBS5) -
If you use a wheelchair, there's a Valley company that wants you to roll in style.
Their custom wheels let you "pimp out" your chair and that caught the eye of a U.S. paralympic team.
Inside a Gilbert fabrication shop, the crew at Precision Billet is hard at work. They make custom parts for Harley-Davidson motorcycles, roll cages for off road utility vehicles and even custom aluminum coasters.
They already ship their parts all over the world, but now they're about to step onto a world stage.
The company has manufactured and donated aircraft-grade aluminum wheelchair wheels for the U.S. paralympic curling team.
"It was actually quite serendipitous because we were working on these second generation wheels when they contacted us," says Precision Billet's Brian Caulfield. "When he got a look at 'em he was pretty stoked."
Caulfield has been building custom wheelchairs since the late 1990's with a friend who played on the U.S. paralympic hockey team.
A few months back the captain of the U.S. paralympic curling team reached out to the company, hoping to get rolling on a fresh new look.
"This particular design emulates a turbine blade or a fan blade," says Caulfield.
One of the team members was recently on NBC's Today Show to preview upcoming coverage of the games from Sochi in Russia.
This is the only wheelchair wheel you'll find made from just one piece of material. Spoked wheels, Caulfield says can be easily damaged and the wheels can come out of true, or proper alignment.
"These guys can pull them on and off. In and out of their car. In and out of the back of their truck. Whatever, and they hang in there," says Caulfield.
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