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  • AUGUST 18, 2017
    Parsippany bicycle-maker bringing jobs back to U.S., N.J.

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    Arnold Kamler, chairman of Kent International, in the Parsippany headquarters of his family's bicycle manufacturing-distribution company, which sells 3 million bikes a year under different brand names to major retailers. (Photo: William Westhoven/Staff Photo)

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  • AUGUST 17, 2017
    TRUMP's TARIFFS WOULD KILL THESE AMERICAN MANUFACTURING JOBS
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    Employees on the assembly line at Kent International Inc.’s factory in Manning, South Carolina.  Photographer: Travis Dove/Bloomberg

    Trump’s Tariffs Would Kill These American Jobs

    The U.S. bicycle industry needed protection once.  Now it might be too late.

    ABK BCA

    Donald Trump would love what Arnold Kamler’s doing.

    One of the president’s top campaign promises was to bring manufacturing jobs back to the U.S.,

    and Kamler is on a quest to revive a decimated industry:

    American-made bicycles...

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  • May 17, 2017
    ARNOLD - PENN STATE -KENT BICYCLE PRESENTATION 2017

    KENT PRESENTATION 2017

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  • April 20, 2017
    Arnold Kamler - Long lead times, lack of data present challenges in supply chain

    Arnold Kamler, CEO of Kent International

    Moderator Luke Musselman of Hwa Fong Rubber, Arnold Kamler, CEO of Kent International, ...

    by Lynette Carpiet

    “Lead times are way too long and it all stems from certain component parts that include derailleurs and other parts like that,” he said, adding how Kent specs derailleurs from three suppliers to minimize the impact. “How crazy to have to commit to a whole season in advance? You guys in the IBD market are prisoners. You have to place whole-year commitments or miss the whole season.”

    Kamler, who’s assembling 1,200 to 1,400 bikes out of a South Carolina factory, said Wal-Mart’s push for made in USA bikes prompted the move to bring manufacturing back from Asia, and now he’s focused on shortening the supply chain by bringing as much production in-house as he can, from painting to frame building to component manufacturing.

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  • April 3, 2017
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    Manufacturing today

    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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  • JANUARY 24, 2017
    cbsnews.com Arnold Kamler BCA automation allows manufacturer to leave china for US production
  • JANUARY 27, 2017
    THE DAVE ROSS COMMENTARY - HOW TO SAVE JOBS
  • August 20, 2016
    Arnold Kamler - The New Yorker

    MAKING BICYCLES IN DETROIT IS AN UPHILL RIDE

    ...Recently, Pashak went to Manning to visit Kent’s C.E.O., Arnold Kamler, to pitch him on sourcing additional components in Detroit, which Pashak hoped would resurrect the domestic-parts industry. “Why do you need Chinese companies to do that?” Pashak asked Kamler. “We have the people looking for jobs who can do this very well. Not only that, but we have the factory space.”

    Kamler told me that he hopes that a revival of domestic-part manufacturing will happen soon. “If we can bring the costs of production in South Carolina to the same levels or lower than China, we can up our volume to two million or three million,” he said. “If this is going to grow like I hope it does, we’re going to need a better supply chain.”

  • JUNE 28, 2016
    Arnold Kamler - Keynote Speaker at the 2016 IndustryWeek Manufacturing & Technology Conference

    Bicycle Corporation of America Chairman & CEO Arnold Kamler speaks at the 2016 IndustryWeek Manufacturing & Technology Conference about his 40+ year career in the bicycle industry and current USA bicycle manufacturing operation.

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  • MAY 16, 2016
    IndustryWeek Manufacturing & Technology Conference & Expo

    M&T IndustryWeek

    Bringing Bikes (and Jobs, and Manufacturing) Back to the US

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    Arnold Kamler worked with his father to bring bicycle manufacturing to the United States in the 1970s, only to watch China undercut the industry. Now he’s leading the charge to build the two-wheelers here again with an aggressive reshoring plan.

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  • March 16, 2016
    Kent International Walmart's Manufacturer Of The Year

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    Parsippany Bike Manufacturer Named Walmart's 'Supplier Of The Year'

    Kent International earns honor two years in a row.

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  • FEBRUARY 19, 2016
    Kent International wins Wal-Mart award

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    Walmart Award Feb2016

    Kent International wins Wal-Mart award

    PARSIPPANY, N.J. (BRAIN) — Wal-Mart has awarded Kent International its Supplier of the Year award at the company’s beginning-of-the-year meeting. Kent won the same award last year.

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  • JANUARY 24, 2016
    SUSAN G KOMEN & KENT INTERNATIONAL INC.

    Susan G. Komen & Kent International Inc.

    A family-owned company, Kent International Inc.’s history dates back to the early 1900s. Kent has been supplying bicycles and bicycle accessories to parents and their children across the US for decades; and in 2011, Kent began partnering with Susan G. Komen® to raise funds for our mission to end breast cancer forever through the sale of special bikes and helmets featuring the Komen logo and Running Ribbon.

    Kent is truly honored to partner with Susan G. Komen. After learning that 1 in 8 women will develop breast cancer in their lifetime, a light bulb went off in my head—Kent should develop a bicycle to support Komen. We are now in our fifth year and the program continues to grow. We are excited to have joined in the fight to end breast cancer.

    Arnold Kamler, Chairman & CEO of Kent International Inc.

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  • JANUARY 24, 2016
    SUSAN G KOMEN Sunday January 24th Social Media Post Tiffany Blankenship

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    CHECK US OUT on Facebook

    Kent Bicycles has supported the Susan G Komen Foundation with contributions through sales of a special line of bicycles and safety gear for about 5 years. The Susan G Komen Foundation has honored Kent’s involvement on Facebook on Sunday, January 24th. Please stop by to check out all the great stuff on their page and don’t forget to “like” and “share” it with your friends. Oh, and speaking of friends, the model in this commemorative event is none other than Kent Bicycle’s own Tiffany Blankenship! I think I hear Vogue calling…………

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  • December 18, 2015
    How to Build a Successful "Low-Tech" Manufacturing Business in America

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    How to Build a Successful "Low-Tech" Manufacturing Business in America

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    Arnold Kamler, Chairman & CEO, Kent International

    Hear first-hand the story of Arnold Kamler's five-decade journey to find the best place to build bikes—and his business. The CEO of Kent International will recount how and why, with the global competitive landscape shifting, he's moved this family-owned business back to the states. Particularly, he'll describe the strategic go-to-market decisions that made this move a success for Kent, including branding, production automation and workforce strategies. "It's not about reshoring," asserts Kamler. "It's about growing the business."

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  • September 29, 2015
    KENT INTERNATIONAL ASIAN MANUFACTURERS SUMMIT

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    Kent International's President, Scott Kamler, and CEO, Arnold Kamler, gather together with Asian Manufacterers for Summit meeting.

  • September 22, 2015
    South Carolina's Governor greets Chinese industry executives at Kent factory

    MANNING, S.C. (BRAIN) — South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley warmly greeted a gathering of Chinese manufacturers on Tuesday promising them her support to do whatever it takes to interest them in setting up a factory in South Carolina.

    Thirty representatives from 23 Chinese and Taiwanese suppliers were attending Kent International's open house at its BCA bike factory in Manning.

    Arnold Kamler, Kent's CEO, told the gathering it was Haley's quick support of Kent's plans to build a bike factory that led them to locate in South Carolina after visiting other state locations. And Kamler spelled out examples of how the governor and her staff have helped the company, like running a natural gas pipeline five miles to the factory location, and training employees at local technical colleges in the skills they would need at BCA.

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    BCA Gov Nikki Haley

  • August 25, 2015
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  • July 15, 2015
    VH1 recruiting 150 bicycling twins for Good Morning America promotion

    NEW YORK (BRAIN) — The VH1 cable network is trying to line up 150 sets of twins to ride tandem bikes for a promotion to be shown live on Good Morning America on July 15. Organizers hope to break a Guinness world record for the largest parade of tandem bikes.

    The tandem twin parade will promote a new VH1 show, Twinning, which will premiere on July 22.

    The morning of the parade, all twins will complete a 2-mile tandem bike ride to be considered for the official record. Details of the parade's route will be announced closer to the event's date. To participate in the parade as a rider, twins should visit twincasting.com.

    The Twinning show is a competition series in which 12 sets of twins will compete for a grand prize of $222,222.22.

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    TANDEMS AND TWINS

    SCOTT KAMLER - PRESIDENT OF KENT INTERNATIONAL ON LOCATION IN NYC WITH GOOD MORNING AMERICA - PROMOTIONAL EVENT FOR VH-1 TWINNING SHOW AND GUINNESS WORLD BOOK OF RECORDS FEATURING 165 OF KENT'S NORTHWOODS DUAL DRIVE TANDEM BICYCLES.

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  • June 8, 2015
    Industry Week Kent International's Reshoring Journey

    Kent's Made-in-America Strategic Plan

    Kent’s strategic growth plan for its new Made-in-America site is aggressive. The goal is to assemble 175,000 bikes in 2015, then to double that in 2016 to 350,000, and get to 500,000 in 2017. 

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    ARNOLD INDUSTRY WEEK LEADER

    How a company, led by a visionary leader, is bringing high-volume, mass-market bicycle manufacturing back to America. First of two parts. Read the second part: Kent International is Ready to Reshore More Bicycle Component Manufacturing.

  • February 4, 2015
    Kent International has been presented with the Walmart USA Supplier Award of Excellence for 2014.

    Walmart 2014 Award

    Kent International has been presented with the Walmart USA Supplier Award of Excellence for 2014.

  • Oct. 15, 2014
    Kent International Opens First U.S. Manufacturing Facility in South Carolina

    The company announces it will create 175 new jobs over the next four years

    MANNING, S.C., Oct. 15, 2014 -Today, Kent International Inc., a global supplier of bicycles and accessories, announced the company's first U.S. bike assembly facility. Kent will begin production of its Bicycle Corporation of America (BCA) line at this facility this week. The initial commitment will be to handle Walmart's needs for their Spring 2015 Launch.

    Gov. Nikki Haley and representatives from across the region were present during the announcement and joined the celebration. During the ribbon cutting ceremony, Kent announced its plans to double the amount of production and assembly than it had originally projected, from half a million to more than a million bikes over the next four years. The company also expects to hire more than 200 employees to work in the 200,000 sq. ft. facility.

    "We are seeing the economics of domestic sourcing changing due to increased energy and transportation costs overseas," said Arnold Kamler, Chairman and CEO of Kent International. "We have developed a long-term approach and are taking action to create our own manufacturing hub onsite by encouraging companies to move component part production here."

    Kent presently outsources all of its bicycle production overseas (approximately 3 million bikes last year) due to the lower costs of production and has no plans to cut back on their importation. Instead, the plan is to fuel their growth thru bicycles which will be assembled and produced in South Carolina. The plan is to source as much as 60-70% of the components parts in the USA by 2018. At the present time, virtually all of the component parts are being imported from Taiwan and China. Kent's new line produced in South Carolina will be called "BCA" – Bicycle Corporation of America" and this will be the first mass production of bicycles sold in the USA in more than 15 years.

    In addition to Walmart, the Parsippany, NJ-based company is also a major supplier to Toys R' Us, Amazon and Academy Sports & Outdoors.

  • October 8, 2014
    John Levi, ex Senior VP for Kent International passes away at 77.
    John Kenneth Levi

    We at Kent are deeply saddened to advise that John Levi, who worked 31 years and retired 5 years ago from his role as Senior Vice President of 31 years at Kent passed away on October 8, 2014.

    A memorial has been established to honor John. He loved mentoring young people and this is where the money will be allocated.

    Checks should be sent to:

    The John Levi Memorial Fund

    And mailed to

    Temple B'nai Jeshurun
    1025 South Orange Avenue
    Short Hills, New Jersey 07078

  • March 14, 2013
    Kent International has been named the Walmart USA Supplier of the Fourth Quarter of 2013.

    Kent International has been named the Walmart USA Supplier of the Fourth Quarter of 2013.

  • January 27, 2014
    Washington Post Article on U.S. Production, Featuring Kent International
  • January 23, 2014
    Kent International Inc. to start manufacturing bicycles in South Carolina

    Kent International Inc. to start manufacturing bicycles in South Carolina
    $4.3 million investment expected to create 175 jobs

    Parsippany, NJ. - January 23, 2014 - Kent International Inc., a global supplier of bicycles and accessories for major retailers including  Walmart, Toys R Us, Academy Sporting Goods and Amazon is building its new bicycle manufacturing facility in Clarendon County, South Carolina. The $4.3 million investment is expected to bring 175 jobs to the area.

    "We are excited with the challenge of assembling and manufacturing affordable bicycles in the United States. We feel that we have found a great partner in the state of South Carolina with their pro-business policies and an abundant pool of great workers," said Arnold Kamler, CEO & chairman of Kent International.

    The Kent announcement came earlier today during the annual U.S. Conference of Mayors Meeting in Washington, D.C.

    About Kent International
    Kent International Inc., headquartered in Parsippany, New Jersey, was founded in 1958 and has grown to be one of the largest suppliers of imported bicycles and accessories in the USA.  We are a major supplier of bicycles to Walmart, Toys R Us, Amazon and Academy Sporting Goods.

  • May 1, 2012
    Kent International has been named the Walmart USA Supplier of the First Quarter of 2012.

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    Kent International has been named the Walmart USA Supplier of the First Quarter of 2012.

  • February 10, 2012
    Kent International has been named the Toys 'R' Us USA Supplier of the Year for 2011.

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    Kent International has been named the Toys 'R' Us USA Supplier of the Year for 2011.