Monday, April 16, 2012

RAMP to open factory in Park City

The Park City-based ski and snowboard company RAMP is preparing to open its own factory, both producing and selling their products from the same location. From the current 6,000-square-foot space in Quinn's Junction to a 10,000-square-foot factory inside the former Honda Dealership in Silver Summit, owner Mike Kilchenstein said he's looking forward to what manufacturing in the United States will do for his growing company.

RAMP Skis and Snowboards promotes a green image, buying 300 pounds of carbon off-set with every purchase, recycling old equipment and using environmentally-friendly materials in the products themselves. Moving manufacturing from Taiwan to the U.S. is unusual but is in line with what Kilchenstein said he wants RAMP to reflect. He even hopes to add wind-captured energy to help power the factory if the idea is viable.

With a few decades of experience in the industry, studying how other companies did it, Kilchenstein decided to go against the grain and bring manufacturing back home. Park Record