A version of this article ran in the October issue of Bicycle Retailer & Industry News.
ASHEVILLE, N.C. (BRAIN) — With Clint Spiegel leading an Industry Nine manufacturing tour, you’ll need to hustle to keep up. His enthusiasm for what he and his team accomplish daily obviously puts a spring in his step.
He’s not so much in a rush as he is just excited to show and tell his company’s story of quickly becoming one of the bike industry’s most iconic and innovative brands, growing out of the Turnamics machine shop that Spiegel’s dad, Harvey, founded here in 1969.
"When I started at Industry Nine, the machine shop was suffering hard," said Clint, Industry Nine’s president. "Probably then we had 75 CNC machines and a lack of work. So when I had ideas for new products, I had machines open. I’d go ride my bike and have an idea. ‘I can make this better,’ and I’d go into the machine shop and work all night."
Spiegel reminisced in the prototype area amid about $300,000 worth of machines hissing and humming in the background.
"Fast forward to now, and we can’t buy machines fast enough to keep up," said Spiegel, who estimates he now has more than 100. Industry Nine also has manufactured some of its own machines — and recently even built its own spoke tension meters when they became scarce because of supply-chain shortages.
To handle its rapid growth at the beginning of the year, Industry Nine, which now has 130 employees, […]