and did an extensive renovation.
We have some other tenants, but
we kept 50,000 square feet to grow
the business. That gives us room
to expand later on. We were able
to build exactly what we wanted
with the proper flow of parts and
material for production. We brought
in consultants and flow designers
to make sure that there are no
bottlenecks. For 2014, we built
1500 bikes as a buffer; no bikes
were shipped until we had 1500
bikes crated and ready to go. And,
of course, we keep production
Before sales of the 2014 models
started, Prodecotech built 1500
bikes as a safety margin that
ensures dealers get bikes when
they want and need them.
Prodeco Tech does have some parts
that are locally manufactured. “The
Scorpion frame is manufactured in
Seattle to our specifications. It started
as a police bike frame, and we made
changes from there. All of our other
frames are our own designs. Our
engineers designed a lot of parts on the
bikes here. We’ll build a prototype, then
For other parts and services, it
makes no sense to handle them
in-house. “If you were to take the Oasis
frame, for example, it has a four-step
paint process. It has a primer coat,
base coat, metallic coat and a clear
coat. If we were to try and do that
in-house, it would cost far more than
having a company that specializes
in paint do it. So, on the component
level, we buy directly from the supplier.
Building the bikes here allows us to
react to any problems much quicker
than if we were importing the bikes.
The perfect example is the motor.
We had some problems with water
getting in the motor, so we designed
a new case and sent it out to get
manufactured. We had a fix in a few
months instead of a few years.