Profile: Cascade Orthopedic Supply, Inc.

Cascade Orthopedic Supply, Inc. is the largest independently owned orthotics and prosthetics distributor in the nation. The company distributes a broad range of products from 300 suppliers. Cascade is committed to providing their customers with the service and support they need to improve the quality of life for those affected by limb loss. The company was founded in Seattle in 1974 and moved to Chester, California, under the ownership of Jerry Leavy in 1977. Cascade’s headquarters relocated to Chico in 1999. They have four distribution facilities located in California, Texas, Illinois, and Pennsylvania, allowing overnight delivery anywhere in the contiguous United States at published ground rates. 

Q&A with Jeff Collins, President of Cascade Orthopedic Supply, Inc.

Share a bit of company history.

The company was originally founded in Seattle by a bilateral, upper extremity amputee named Jerry Leavy. In the 1950s, Jerry filmed “A Day in the Life of an Amputee” in order to spread awareness about his challenges as an amputee.

Jerry was an avid pilot, uses body-powered hooks for his extremities, and still resides in Chester, California.

What are you best known for?

Cascade is known industry-wide as the largest independently owned distributor, supplying a broad range of prosthetic and orthotic products to clinicians across North America. Cascade has more than tripled in size and remains dedicated to offering friendly service, reliable delivery, and streamlined operations. We have been serving the O&P industry for over 40 years and continue to grow and adapt our operations to provide enhanced value to customers and growth and development opportunities to employees.

Cascade supports and funds initiatives across many amputee advocacy groups like the Amputee Coalition of America (ACA), the Orthotic and Prosthetic Activities Foundation (OPAF), the Challenged Athletes Foundation (CAF), and the Shriners Hospitals for Children. I currently hold leadership roles within the American Orthotic and Prosthetic Association (AOPA) and the California Orthotic and Prosthetic Association (COPA), demonstrating our legislative commitment to the industry.

How did Cascade land in Chico?

The Cascade HQ was relocated to Chico in order to provide the service and support necessary for our customers. By moving to Chico, Cascade was able to secure a location next to the UPS Transit Hub for maximum logistical efficiency. Chico also provided Cascade with access to a larger recruitment pool of personnel.

What is your favorite part of living in Chico?

Chico is a great place to raise a family, run a business, get outdoors, and stay connected within the community. Chico residents benefit from a lower cost of living, improved quality of schools, accessibility to recreational activities, and decent proximity to more urban areas like San Francisco.

Chico is focused on supporting local businesses and driving revenue into the local economy. The Farmer’s Market, Taste of Chico, and other local events capture the essence of the people who make this community so unique.

Cascade is locally known as the “good citizen,” actively staying involved in the community, whether it be by providing input on the city’s general plan or fueling economic development activities. Local initiatives have been focused on bringing PACE (Property Assessed Clean Energy) funding to the North State, actively serving on the Chico Chamber Board, advocating for community neighborhood groups, and supporting the development of the Comanche Creek Greenway.