once things fell apart w. the first factory, production of Epic boats and paddles was in hiatus. Greg Barton was simultaneously looking at two options:
#1, to bring production back to the U.S. New moulds would be made there. Those who know about this process know it's neither easy nor cheap to produce moulds, even replicate ones.And the originals were still held by the first vendor which was one of the driving issues for the lawsuit.
Epic got a large warehouse in Charleston with the idea of being able to address pending orders by selling new old stock.
They then proceeded to bring all available inventory from countries other than China (incl. European countries and Australia) and in fact had a huge sell off in early November 2009 of this older unsold product. This appeared in a log entry for a meetup group in the Charleston area.
At that point many (incl. the Epic reps to whom I spoke)
thought that production was shifting to the U.S. Barton was spending an inordinate amount of time dealing w. the Chinese
and they were concerned about production delays and quality control of the first vendor.
Option #2 was to find a second Chinese vendor, in another province, which is what wound up happening. Greg Barton still had to spend much time overseas to get things up and running smoothly w. vendor #2. Apparently things are satisfactory enough that the idea of bringing production to the U.S. was dropped.
My sources are people who rep for Epics in particular a conversation of last July (July 2009). I am OK w. admitting that my statement about production in the U.S. was wrong. It was the last thing I'd heard about it.
The bigger picture is why Americans continue to buy products made in China which is, by far, the largest holder of U.S. debt, which is a threat to our still precarious economy.
China is well known for disregard of intellectual property rights, copyright, and flouting of the most minimal environmental standards for industrial production.
Especially when it comes to buying non esssentials like sports toys (yes, they are nonessential, even to people here) China is not getting my business. And many other people are making that decision as well.
the attached link to an article on the Frontenac Outfitters website is very much on point:http://www.frontenac-outfitters.com/kayaks/made-in-china.cfm
This article was released in January 2009. Since then Necky has moved production from China to Thailand.
It would be interesting to have a discussion about this. I'll be back after the weekend. Ciao!