Worksman Cycles recently celebrated their grand opening in Conway. The company, which manufactures bicycles and tricycles for industrial, commercial and recreational use, opened a factory in South Carolina because it had outgrown its New York production facility.
When Worksman received their first wheel building machine in 2016, VR’s Conway Area Office was invited to watch as the company manufactured their first wheel in South Carolina. Shortly thereafter, a wheel building tryout was scheduled for VR clients. That tryout led to three clients participating in on-the-job trainings, which resulted in the clients becoming full time employees for Worksman Cycles.
Since then, the company has hired a total of eight VR clients, with two additional clients about to complete job tryouts.
“This is a great company with a strong desire to work with VR and provide opportunities for our clients,” says Tania Appel, Conway Business Development Specialist.
VR clients at the Conway Training Center are also learning essential job skills as they complete projects for Worksman Cycles, such as sorting and packaging pedal kits and tire tubes, and disassembling bicycle frame components.
Worksman Cycles’ Conway facility currently produces about 70 percent of the company’s product, with the remainder continuing to be manufactured in New York City, where the company has been located for more than 100 years.
Worksman Cycles is a family-owned company, founded in 1898, and is the oldest bicycle manufacturer in the United States.