Carolina vendors escape mostly unscathed from Florence

By Stephen Frothingham

RENO, Nev. (BRAIN) — Interbike exhibitors based in North and South Carolina said their workers and facilities largely escaped damage from Hurricane Florence.

Companies from that region report that aside from adjusting their travel plans, they saw little to no damage from flooding or storm winds.

“Our South Carolina factory is 70 miles inland, so our only fear was about flooding,” said Arnold Kamler, CEO of Bicycle Corporation of America, which operates a factory in Manning, South Carolina. “But the powerlines didn’t get knocked down. We furloughed workers on Thursday and Friday so they could prepare their homes. But the factory was up and running yesterday morning,” he said Tuesday.

Defeet’s Shane Cooper said he was fortunate the storm stayed south, so his company, headquartered in Hildebran, North Carolina, wasn’t affected.

“In Chapel Hill there was a lot of flooding in the streets,” he said. “It mostly stalled out our North Carolina guys who couldn’t fly out Sunday because they didn’t want to drive in hurricane weather. I left two guys home and three came out early.”

Industry Nine is based in Asheville, North Carolina. US sales manager David Thomas said the hurricane dissipated …read more

Via:: Bicycle Retailer and Industry News