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'Changing lives one bicycle at a time': Manning home to BCA, largest bike assembly factory in the U.S., and it’s expanding this year
"Every time I drive by somebody riding on a bicycle, I think of them being happy because of the product we produce here," Davis said. "So, sort of my internal motto is: 'We're changing lives one bicycle at a time.'"
Kamler said he's enjoyed his working relationship with Clarendon County development officials and leaders, and Manning is tickled pink to have BCA.
"We've actually been talking with the town," he said, "and they're thinking about putting up a sign: 'Home of the largest bicycle factory in the United States.'"
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"With all the economic unrest in China, companies such as Kent International moved a portion of its international market to Taiwan. Despite this, there hasn’t been smooth sailing for the bicycle company.
"The price was about 12 to 15 percent higher than China, but with the tariffs of 25 percent, we figured it’s a win," Kamler said.
The shift from China to Taiwan came with a steep price tag as well, costing roughly $100,000 in technology, Kamler claimed. Making the calculated decision to change locations was supposed to bring a positive result, but Kamler said the endless costs from the move are adding up."