Back in January, while attending the Progressive International Motorcycle Show in Cleveland, I spoke to Scott Colisimo about his company who told me he had just closed on the purchase of a building that would serve as their headquarters and parts distribution center and also allow Cleveland CycleWerks to begin assembly in the USA.
The building, a 60,000-square-foot factory on West 65th Street in Cleveland, has now been formally announced and should make a lot of potential customers, who might be less inclined to buy a motorcycle completely manufactured in China, feel a lot more enthusiastic as the assembly will now take place in the USA. As we noted a couple of years ago, when he tried to manufacture motorcycles in Cleveland, no one was interested, and China was his only option. Now, 9000 motorcycles later, he’s returning to his home town to a more positive reception.
Chris Warren, economic development director for the city of Cleveland, said the city is looking for a way to help Cleveland CycleWerks rehab its building. He called it an “exciting development”
Building motorcycles in China has made it possible for Scott to buy the vacant building in Cleveland and he’s already hired a full-time engineer and designer and plans to soon hire a small number of employees to assemble the motorcycles here at home. One step at a time. It’s hard to see how he could have done it any other way and that’s a lesson for everyone who would like to see more products manufactured here.
This is very good news for Cleveland CycleWerks and it’s also positive for the city of Cleveland. If the response is good, there’s no telling how far this could go.