LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - Natural State native Tony Karklins is using pedals to push his passion after buying a Canadian bicycle company last February.
Karklins said, "[I've] Been into bikes my whole life in Little Rock, Arkansas."
So, over the last few months, he's relocated several new employees, and his new company, to Arkansas. It's called 'HIA Velo.'
Karklins added, "[I'm] really proud of what we created here. The team that we've assembled to do this is amazing."
He says these bikes are built with something unique: carbon fiber.
"This is the largest facility of its type in the United States, in fact, in North America. And we will be the largest manufacturer of domestically produced carbon fiber bicycles within the next 60 days," Karklins said.
Over the next several months, Tony says he and his team plan to roll out five new models.
"[We are] working on global distribution, working on a couple of big deals right now in China. It's kind of fascinating that American manufactured goods are most desirable in China, where most of the bicycles are actually made... they prefer American manufactured bikes," Karklins said.
As the spokes of business turn faster, HIA Velo will keep up by building and making bikes Only in Arkansas.
Karklins said, "You know, the pride is just amazing in this."
Karklins also said, despite attempts from eight different states to relocate, he plans to keep HIA Velo in the Natural State.
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