Cannondale will move almost all of its bicycle production to Taiwan. That’s sad for the 200 workers that are going to lose their jobs, but there is no way that American manfacturers can compete with the ones oversees. The reason isn’t only the skills of the welders, but the cost of manufacturing. Skilled factory workers in America are well compensated. Who hasn’t heard about the stories of factory workers making $80,000 to $90,000 in the aeronautics business?
Then again, Canondale, just like Trek, is losing part of it’s identity to make more profits. Cannondale isn’t alone in this. Wilier and other manufacturers, like Kona, have outsourced their frames to Taiwan.