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April 3, 2017
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By putting America first, Arnold Kamler has put his company first.

Kent Factory

Kent International's decision to bring some production to the United States is helping them grow their business. 

By Chris Kelsch

By putting America first, Arnold Kamler has put his company first.

Not that it's always been easy: By the early 1990s, almost all U.S. bicycle and bicycle parts manufacturers either shuttered their manufacturing operations or moved them to Asia due to cheaper manufacturing. Kamler, CEO of Kent International, was devastated. A lifetime lover of manufacturing, Kamler figured Kent's manufacturing operations were unlikely to return to the United States after moving to China in 1991, given the pricing advantages in sourcing from the Far East.

But that has changed drastically in the past few years. In 2013, Walmart, which accounts for roughly half of all U.S. bike sales, and is one of Kent's primary customers, pushed its "Buy America" program, encouraging suppliers to source from within the United States.

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