On 23 Nov 11, Gerbing’s Heated Clothing, Inc. opened a retail store at their new fabrication plant in Stoneville, North Carolina. The retail store is located in building number five (5) in the former Stoneville Furniture Factory. The hours of operation are Monday through Friday, 9am until 7pm. On Saturdays until Christmas, they will be open from 9am until 2pm. The store number is 336-573-1210 or 336-482-8484.
For those who didn’t know, Gerbing’s moved their heated clothing production back to the United States this year. The announcement was made back in April, they started up operations in North Carolina this fall so now Gerbing’s will be offering quality garments made in the USA using 100% American made materials: how cool is that?
Jeff Gerbing announced that with production costs in China climbing, and control of production becoming more difficult, they would be moving production to Stoneville, North Carolina. As noted in a 26 May ’11 article posted on PowerSports Business’ website:
There are three main reasons Gerbing says he’s pulling out his company out of China:
One, we need to support our own country and put Americans back to work. Two, I need to have control over my own product, which includes no minimum runs, no large inventory requirements and no long lead times, which are increasingly late to boot. Three, prices continue to rise in China and delivery times continue to get longer.”
Rising costs in China won’t be something businesses can ride out. William Fung, managing director of one of the world’s largest manufacturing outsourcing companies, told the Wall Street Journal that he estimates China’s wages to increase 80 percent throughout the next five years.
For Gerbing, it’s more than just the money, he says.
“It’s time for companies to step up and make our nation great,” he said. “Being the leader in heated clothing, we set the standards. That’s why we’re coming back to the U.S. We have a passion in our hearts to have our clothing made in America. We hope that by our example, other companies will follow suit and do what’s right for our country.”
We echo the sentiment of our local Gerbing’s dealer — BMW Ducati Husqvarna Motorcycles of Atlanta — who recently noted, “If you’ve been trying to buy a Gerbings heated jacket liner this year you’re probably aware that demand far exceeded supply. [snip] We were excited when we brought the Gerbing’s line on board and it just keeps getting better knowing they will be the only heated gear available that’s made in the Good-ol-USA.”
I’ve been wearing Gerbing’s heated gear for over a decade… same jacket too! Great stuff, if you don’t do a lot of riding in the rain. If you do, the bullet connectors that connect the heat troller to the battery lead can be a little problematic, but are easily replaced with connectors that are a little better suited to cruddy weather, like the ones that come with Battery Tenders.