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Southwest Composite begins carbon manufacturing for bike and outdoor industries

Published May 15, 2017

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (BRAIN) – Southwest Composite Works Inc., a full-service, carbon fiber engineering and manufacturing company, has announced it will expand its business to provide sustainable, U.S.-based mold-making and tooling solutions for the cycling and outdoor recreation industries.

HIA Velo, a bike manufacturer and designer based in Little Rock, Arkansas, has signed on as one of SWC's first clients. The company, which is committed to sourcing all labor and resources from U.S. partners and employees, will work with SWC to make the molds used to craft some of HIA's new American-made, carbon fiber bicycles.

“At HIA Velo, we take great pride in the fact that we source all raw materials and tooling from the best domestic partners. SWC has provided us with best-in-class tooling, and we look forward to our future collaborations,” said Tony Karklins, founder and managing director of HIA Velo.

SWC focuses on advanced carbon fiber technology to provide concept-to-completion services for product development, including production and custom products. The company invests in machining technology to provide a sustainable supply chain model, skilled workers, product development, and on-time deliveries with a goal of bringing its products to market faster than its overseas competitors.

“We are thrilled to bring our 30 years of expertise in mold making into the cycling industry. It's exciting to see more cycling and outdoor recreation companies recognize the quality, innovation, and sustainable benefits of components made in the United States, and we look forward to partnering with more like-minded U.S. brands," said SWC founder and owner John Groth.  

"As a lifelong outdoor athlete, the recreation industry has helped me live an active and healthy lifestyle, and SWC loves the opportunity to help inspire more people to get outdoors," Groth added.

SWC is a division of Southwest Pattern Works, an Albuquerque, New Mexico-based company focused on mold making and tooling for specialized and high-tech industries. Groth launched SWC in 2014 to specialize and meet the increasing demand for lightweight and strong composites and carbon fiber technology

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