manufacturing

Chris King gets White House invite to discuss U.S. job creation

Avatar by on September 7th, 2012 at 12:30 pm

Chris King (far left) gave U.S. Dept. of
Commerce staffers a tour of his
manufacturing facility last year.
(Photo: Dylan Van Weelden)

Chris King, the founder of Portland-based Chris King Precision Components, has been invited the White House next week for a discussion about how American manufacturing can spur job creation.

According to company staff, the invite comes from the White House Business Council, which operates within the Department of Commerce. Back in August 2011, the Assistant Secretary of Commerce, Nicole Y. Lamb-Hale, visited Chris King’s manufacturing facility and apparently the visit left a big impression.

In a blog post after the visit, Asst. Sec. Lamb-Hale wrote that, “I learned how this small business is able to use forward-thinking, innovative and sustainable methods to become a leader in the production of high-end precision aluminum, steel and titanium bicycle components.” She also learned that King’s success is due in large part because exports to Europe and Asia make up 40 percent of their sales.[Read more…]

Chris King Precision Components to receive international export award

Avatar by on April 20th, 2012 at 10:13 am

Oregon builders at NAHBS-63

They’re big in Europe (and Japan and…).
(Photos © J. Maus)

Continuing their strong growth since moving to Portland in 2003, Chris King Precision Components is set to receive one of the Mayor’s International Business Awards at a gala event on May 15th. At the event, the company will joined in recognition by other regional business stalwarts like Intel and Columbia Steel.

The award is another sign that the nearly 96-employee strong company — which makes its headsets, hubs, and other products at a factory in Portland’s northwest industrial district — is looking to change its local profile from just another “bike company” to a respected member of the local manufacturing sector. [Read more…]

US Dept of Commerce tours Chris King manufacturing facility

Avatar by on August 3rd, 2011 at 11:27 am

U.S. Department of Commerce staff members chat with Chris Distefano (white shirt) and company founder Chris King (at left) during a tour of the Chris King Precision Components manufacturing facility last month.
(Photos: Dylan Van Weelden/Chris King)

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