|Ibis Moves Manufacturing to MontanaWhile most bicycle manufactures are announcing moves from US to China it is welcomed to see that Ibis plans to move production from the Santa Rosa to Montana.|
Ibis will be sharing a production facility with Strong Frames, Inc., and collaborating with framebuilder Dave Kirk (former honch framebuilder at Serotta) at the fresh new (old) facility. The team involved in design and production of Ibis frames will bring an extremely strong and diverse range of skills and experience, and includes John Castellano and Scot Nicol (both of whom will remain at Ibis headquarters in California), Carl Strong, Tony Smith and Dave Kirk.
The new facility is in a unique old mill building complex, shared by artists and other craftspeople. Ibis will be building the bulk of their steel and titanium bikes in this new facility. "The transfer of Ibis production to Bozeman is primarily an economic consideration" said Roger Salameh, Chief Operating Officer of Ibis LLC. "The cost of living in the San Francisco Bay Area is among the highest in the nation, making it difficult for Ibis to provide a living wage to production workers while maintaining competitive prices for our products" he said.
"Part of the reason we've done the bulk of our production for the last 20 years in California was the quality of life we were able to enjoy here" said Ibis founder Scot Nicol. "The move to Bozeman is consistent with that approach of wanting to provide our employees an excellent standard of living, which to me means great riding trails and a good brewery."
"From a consumer and dealer standpoint, the move to Bozeman is intended to help improve our inventory and turnaround time and increase the scope of services we offer to our customers" said Mr. Salameh. "The new facility will allow us to satisfy the demand for our products on a more efficient basis, without sacrificing the quality and artisanship that has traditionally gone into the production of our bicycles" he said.
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