Kitsbow had the industry in a stitch when they moved their headquarters from California to Old Fort, North Carolina. Housed inside an old hosiery factory, they’re well on their way to hitting their goal of manufacturing 95% of Kitsbow clothing inside the USA.
Perhaps just as interesting, their location sits directly along one of the most popular cycling routes in the area. Look up Old Fort, NC, on Strava and you’ll find a massive heat map right there. So Kitsbow’s building out a full shop with restaurant and…brewery! It’ll have parking, a bike wash, and more, letting you start and stop your rides at a safe location, then finish at the new Ride House for food and bevvies with friends!
In this video, CEO David Bilstrom walks us through their new home and shows how they’ve incorporated the Toyota Method into their production line. This means each worker brings a piece all the way through the manufacturing process, and garments are virtually made to order. This means little waste, no excess inventory, and very, very few errors.
It starts with a quick look at their warehouse, then quickly heads upstairs to show how everything is made.
At the end, David shows us what’s coming in Summer 2020, which is going to change the face of Old Fort, NC’s cycling scene! We can’t wait!