Frank the Welder increases capacity, makes space available for retail

By Stephen Frothingham

BELLOWS FALL, Vt. (BRAIN) — Longtime OE frame maker Frank Wadelton is moving his operations into a new 12,000 square foot factory that will give him room to increase production capacity and extra space to rent to like-minded entrepreneurs.

The building is on busy Route 5 in this Southern Vermont town on the Connecticut River. Wadelton is a partner in the corporation that bought the building, and his framebuilding business, FTW, will rent roughly a third of it. He said a machine shop is expected to take another third. The rest of the space could be used for a coffee shop, tap room, bike rental operation or something similar, Wadelton said.

FTW moved to Vermont about 14 years ago. The company has done product development for brands that include Sinister bikes, Christini Technologies, Motivate, Structure Cycles, Spooky Cycles, Vynl Race Bikes and Serotta Design Studio. FTW currently manufactures frames for Vynl, Spooky and Serotta, soon to be joined by John Parker’s new brand, Underground, and Fatbikeskis, a new company marketing a ski blade that replaces the front wheel on fat bikes.

Wadelton said the area is ideal for e-bike riding on underused dirt fire roads that criss-cross …read more

Via:: Bicycle Retailer and Industry News