Bennet says GJ firm good example of manufacturing future
In what he termed an innovation tour of the state, U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet, D-Colo., visited a Grand Junction manufacturer on Tuesday.
Companies such Mountain Racing Products, 580 N. Westgate Ave., in Grand Junction, which designs and builds products for mountain-biking enthusiasts, are showing the way for American manufacturing, in the 21st century, Bennet said.
Mountain Racing Products employs about 20 people who serve a niche market of high-end enthusiasts, company President Tim Fry said as he led Bennet on a tour, showing him proprietary bash protectors and innovative gears and the process that produces them.
Most of Mountain Racing Products’ line is sold domestically, but 48 percent is shipped to about 35 countries. He hopes to see the balance shift to the point that 60 percent of the company’s products are sold outside the country and 40 percent domestically, Fry told Bennet.
“These are the companies that are innovating constantly and inventing the future, in a sense,” Bennet said.
American manufacturing, however, has a long way to go, Bennet said.
“I’m really concerned that we’re seeing economic growth but we’re not seeing job growth,” Bennet said.
It’s his hope that the establishment of a U.S. Patent and Trademark office in Denver will encourage more innovation in Colorado, Bennet said.
The office is embarking on efforts to attract employees, most of whom would live outside Denver and work via the internet.