Today in the World Herald there was a tinny blurb on the front page of the Business section about how Easton-Bell Sports Inc. will be sending its manufacturing operations from southern California to China. It's corporate offices however will remain in Los Angeles.
Now if my brain serves me correctly which it seldom does, I want to say our Lemond frames are made of Easton aluminum tubing. I couldn't find any mention of Easton on Lemond's website, so maybe somebody could clearify that for me.
In any case, many teams and and company's use or spec Easton's tubing and components. Thus another prime American made cycling product will now be adorned with "made in China" stickers.
In other news, US exports to China increased 33% in 2006 with US exports increasing in general as well. China now ranks as our third largest export market behind Canada and Mexico. Indeed, figures now show exports growing almost 3 times the rate of imports.