Address: 1024 Empire Street Mt. Carmel, IL


Phone: 618-262-7117

Although this business didnโ€™t start out under the BraunAbility name but the B&D Independence name, it has still been a successful business to have celebrated 50 years this year!

B&D Independence was purchased by BraunAbility on August 1, 2016. BraunAbility is the worldโ€™s leading manufacturer of wheelchair accessible vehicles and wheelchair lifts for both personal use and commercial applications.Founded nearly 50 years ago by Ralph Braun, BraunAbility has grown into the most well-known and trusted brand in the mobility industry, bringing independence to tens of thousands of individuals around the world.

BraunAbility Mount Carmel, formerly known as B&D Independence, is the leading manufacturer of transfer seat bases worldwide. A transfer seat base mounts into a handicap accessible van and it makes it possible for a person to transfer from their wheelchair into either the driver or passenger seat.

In addition to transfer seat bases, the company manufactures UWR, a restraint device for a manual wheelchair to secure it when the user is driving, or riding, from the transfer base. In 2019, they added the Turny Evo to the lineup. The Turny Evo is imported from a sister company in Sweden and adapted for use in the US market by BMC. These products are sold through a distribution network of over 450 dealers.

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