The first frames off the production line.
(Photos: Conscious Commuter Corp.)
Last month we shared the story of Kinn Bikes, a new company that decided to make their frames right here in Portland. Now, another company has decided that Portland is the place to manufacture their bikes. Conscious Commuter Corporation, a company with offices downtown and in Los Angeles, just had a batch of 50 frames made at Zen Bicycle Manufacturing in North Portland.
We shared the launch of Conscious Commuter in June of 2011 and then caught up with them a few months later as they went public with their successful Kickstarter campaign (that raised over $25,000).
According to Bob Vander Woude, the company's President and CEO, they were very close to producing the frames in China. "There were a lot of people in the industry telling us we had to manufacture in China or we wouldn't be able to compete," he told me via phone today. Vander Woude said they were all lined up for a trip to China to visit potential factories. "The more we thought about it," he said, "It just really started resonating with our core principles," Vander Woude said about the decision.