In 1914, George Fillauer Sr. founded the Red Star Pharmacy, the forerunner of Fillauer. In 1934, Carlton Fillauer, CPO, expanded his father’s business to establish Fillauer Orthopedic as an innovator in the orthotics and prosthetics industry. Presently, Fillauer Companies, Inc., is comprised of the following subsidiaries, Fillauer LLC, Hosmer, Center for Orthotics Design, Motion Control, Fillauer Europe, Fillauer North Carolina, Fillauer Composites and Fillauer Orthotic and Prosthetics Patient Care. Fillauer Companies, Inc. has grown to be a globally renowned leader in the development, manufacturing, distribution and application of orthotic and prosthetic products.
Fillauer LLC designs, manufactures, and customizes quality products to serve its local and international community. Fillauer LLC manufactures more than 3,200 orthotic and prosthetic products with a wide range from pediatric to adult components. Offering more than a dozen styles, Fillauer LLC is best known for their Prosthetic Suspension Lock Systems. Fillauer LLC continually strengthens a tradition that began more than 90 years ago as an innovator in the design and development of high quality products.
The Hosmer Dorrance Corporation began in 1912 when D.W. Dorrance, an amputee, invented the first split hook out of dissatisfaction with the terminal devices available at the time. Thanks to his inventive nature, he continued to solve problems he and other amputees faced, establishing Hosmer as a well respected leader in the orthotics and prosthetics industry. Beginning with simple improvements and electrical devices, Hosmer led the industry in myoelectric components and technology. In 1996, Hosmer joined the Fillauer Companies, Inc. in a concerted effort to meet the needs of their growing customer base with as many products and options as possible. Hosmer’s product line includes upper and lower extremity orthotic and prosthetic products with a specialty in hands and knees.
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In 1974, a group of faculty members and researchers at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City joined forces to commercialize the medical technology developed at the University’s Center for Engineering Design. The result was the world’s most advanced prosthetic arm, the Utah Artificial Arm, and the creation of Motion Control. The Utah Arm was upgraded in 1997 to create the U2, and further upgraded in 2004 to create the U3. Microprocessors control the elbow and hand allowing the wearer to control them simultaneously. One of many technically advanced products created by Motion Control, the U3 sets the standard for all their prosthetics: a combination of superior performance, technology, and cosmetic appearance. Motion Control, Inc. is the leading U.S. manufacturer of myoelectric and externally powered prosthetic arm systems. Motion Control joined the Fillauer Companies, Inc. in 1997. They offer world-class prosthetic technology and a team of professionals working daily to make their technology even better.
In business since 1948, Fillauer Europe, located in Sollentuna, Sweden, joined the Fillauer Companies in 2002. Fillauer Europe brings another dimension to the Fillauer Companies with their unique skin and sleeve products, and by adding an international company to those located in the United States. By being an international company, Fillauer Europe helps the Fillauer Companies create better customer service and product variety worldwide. Fillauer Europe’s products include a variety of upper and lower extremity prosthetics and orthotics, including a new micro-coating process that resist stains, is easy to clean and reduces friction against clothing. The process is offered on Fillauer Europe gloves, liners, and cosmetic protective leg coverings. Fillauer Europe continues to lead the way in bridging the Fillauer Companies with the international market.
Fillauer Composites, located in Salt Lake City, Utah, uses advanced composite materials to produce high performance products. Fillauer Composites’ primary focus is developing products for the O&P market. The company’s founder, Eric Rubie, has designed some of the most successful foot products used in the industry. Mr. Rubie’s knowledge and expertise were key to the release of the Element prosthetic foot in spring 2009. The Element foot uses a novel combination of carbon composite spring components that result in a foot with an incredibly smooth roll-over. Fillauer Composites has substantial resources including expertise in composite manufacturing and testing equipment. The company has the capability to run the most stringent tests ensuring the products have unsurpassed durability and performance.
Fillauer North Carolina, formerly OTS Corporation, was founded in 1978 by Timothy Pansiera, CO, in Pompano Beach, Florida. Fillauer North Carolina began and is still recognized as a high-end provider of orthotic devices. In 1983, a second division was created to produce the popular StepLock knee joint. In 1990, Fillauer North Carolina moved to Weaverville, North Carolina to open its third division to manufacture the PDQ Quartz Infrared Ovens. In 2000, Fillauer North Carolina acquired a manufacturing facility in Bradenton, Florida to maintain the increasing demand for their orthotic component production. Fillauer North Carolina broadens the Fillauer Orthotic line by offering the StepLock, InterLock, Close Contour and Integrated Ankle. Their orthotic central fabrication department located in Asheville expands the existing services currently offered at the Chattanooga, Tennessee and Campbell, California central fabrication locations. Fillauer North Carolina joined the Fillauer Companies in 2009.
Fillauer Orthotics and Prosthetics, Inc., a patient care facility located on-site at Fillauer LLC, provides care for many patients with difficult cases that need specialized products. The facility also provides unique opportunities for the research and development of new and innovative products. The close working relationship between certified orthotists and prosthetists, patient care specialists, designers, and custom fabrication workers results in superior products, designed specifically to better meet the needs of the physically challenged.
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