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Raleigh puts the brakes on Canadian bike production

More than 100 manufacturing employees will not be recalled for the 2014 production season.


WATERLOO, QC—Raleigh Canada Ltd. is discontinuing production at its Waterloo, Que. manufacturing facility by the end of the 2013.

The company says the facility will remain open as a warehousing, distribution, and service fulfillment operation.

“In the context of our global competitive market where offshore suppliers offer fierce competition, Raleigh has taken the difficult decision to cease bicycle manufacturing and assembly in Canada, as this activity is no longer economically viable,” said Chris Enoksen, president of Raleigh Canada.

Raleigh Bicycle Co., one of the world’s oldest bicycle manufacturers, was founded in 1887 in Nottingham, UK. The company has been in Canada for the last 75 years, but imported bikes from the UK until 1973.

Raleigh Canada Ltd., which is owned by Netherlands-based Accell Group, has manufactured bikes on a seasonal bases at the  Waterloo facility for more than 30 years. More than 100 manufacturing and production employees at the Waterloo facility will keep their jobs until they are laid off at the end of the normal seasonal production cycle in June 2013.

The Quebec-based plant was the company’s only manufacturing facility in Canada.

For 2014 and beyond, Raleigh will be working with selected offshore suppliers to serve its Canadian distribution network.