By VeloNews Interactive
Klein Bicycle Corporation has announced that it will move its manufacturing operations from Chehalis, Washington, to the home base of its parent company Trek, in Waterloo, Wisconsin, in February of 2002.
A news release issued on Tuesday stated that “the move is part of an overall Klein strategy to make the product line more competitive, reduce lead times to better serve customers and prepare for an exciting 2003 product line manufactured in Waterloo.”
According to the company, all Chehalis-based Klein employees will be offered similar positions with Trek while Klein founder and CEO Gary Klein will continue to be in charge of prototype development.
Klein founded the company 1975, pioneering the use of large diameter aluminum tubing, a material choice that set the company apart from its competitors until the early 1980s when Cannondale, too, began to manufacture bicycles in a similar fashion. Klein filed an unsuccessful patent violation lawsuit against Cannondale. Since then, the bike industry has almost universally embraced aluminum, though Klein itself has always remained a relatively small player in the market. Klein Bicycles was purchased by Trek in 1995.