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LAGUNA HILLS, CA (BRAIN)—Are you wanting to engage your local bike shop in Safe Routes to School programs? Or, as a local bike shop, have you been looking for ways to get involved in the Safe Routes to School movement but haven't quite figured out how you fit?
GREENVILLE, SC (BRAIN)—Hincapie Sportswear (Hincapie) has added Arizona to Jason Losey’s sales territory.
GROVEPORT, OH (BRAIN)—Specialized has relocated its East Coast distribution center from Grove City to Groveport, Ohio, expanding its footprint by close to 50,000 square feet. The new building offers 225,000 square feet with the option to lease an additional 325,000 feet.
“Our mandatory system was antiquated and inefficient. The new voluntary system is accessible, fair, and supports families, avid cyclists and visitors to our city.”
SEATTLE, WA (BRAIN)—Recreational Equipment Inc. is responsible for a defective bicycle part manufactured by another company and sold under the REI brand, a Washington appeals court ruled, just days after the plaintiff died in a backcountry skiing accident, according to Courthouse News Service.
BAD NAUHEIM, Germany—The JD Group has expanded the role of its European headquarters to include sales of the TranzX brand of aluminum components.
MELBOURNE, Australia (BRAIN)—Imports of bicycles into Australia grew 12 percent in 2010 due to strong growth in the summer months, according to bicycle sales statistics released by Australian nonprofit Cycling Promotion Fund.
BOULDER, CO (BRAIN)—Bikes Belong is moving to a new, larger headquarters next week.
Its new 3,348-square-foot space at 207 Canyon Boulevard in Boulder, Colorado, is in the same building as the International Mountain Biking Association (IMBA). Bikes Belong current space was 2,500 square feet.
CAMARILLO, CA (BRAIN)—SmartEtailing has added retail-industry veterans Bill Duprey and Jim Rayburn to the SmartEtailing client services staff that assists and advises the company’s clients to help them achieve optimum results.
BOSTON, MA (BRAIN)—BMC has hired Karim Pine as general manager of its U.S. subsidiary.
Pine, who most recently worked as marketing director for Cadence Cycling and Multisport, replaces Fabio Selvig.
"The 2011 Amgen Tour of California route will not only showcase the beautiful and unique landscape of California, including some of the state's most scenic landmarks, but will provide some exciting new firsts for the race as well."
—Race organizer and AEG sports president Andrew Messick
CHICAGO, IL (BRAIN)—SRAM has hired Altino Lourenco as its marketing coordinator for France, Spain and Portugal.
ANTWERP, Belgium (BRAIN)—Lazer Sport has hired three new staff members at its headquarters in Antwerp, Belgium.
WETTER, Germany (BRAIN)—Abus, the market leader for locks in Germany, has set up a U.S. subsidiary to help grow its bicycle, motorcycle and marine security business in North America.
The company, named Abus Mobile Security, Inc., is based in Chicago.
CHICOUTIMI, Quebec (BRAIN)—Cycles Devinci will now be made available online in the United States through Competitive Cyclist (www.competitivecyclist.com).
VISTA, CA (BRAIN)—Canari Cyclewear has appointed Erik DeKold as its custom sales director. This change redirects DeKold's focus from IBD sales management to custom team, club and shop sales and department management.
OSAKA, Japan (BRAIN)—Shimano’s sales hit $2.6 billion last year (213.6 billion Yen), with the bicycle division contributing $2.1 billion (169.4 billion Yen) in sales, or 79 percent of total sales. Shimano’s net income doubled to $232.3 million (19.1 billion Yen).
MONTGOMERYVILLE, PA (BRAIN)—The Bicycle Products Suppliers Association has hired Ray Keener as its part-time executive marketing director.