Representative DelBene Marks Manufacturing Day at Sportworks

Del Bene Visit

Suzan DelBene Visits Sportworks on Manufacturing Day in Support of Better Bicycle Infrastructure.

Julie Gregg // 10.10.2016

Suzan DelBene, Steve Durrant with Alta Planning and Alex Alston of the Cascade Bicycle Club visit Sportworks on Manufacturing Day. Delbene represents the 1st Congressional District in the State of Washington while Steve Durrant is VP with Alta Planning in Seattle and Alex Alston is the new Statewide Policy Director with Cascade.  The group toured the Sportworks production facility in Woodinville in support of Manufacturing Day and to further the conversation in support of creating better bicycle infrastructure and multi-modal transportation choices.

WOODINVILLE – On Manufacturing Day, Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (WA-01) visited local manufacturer, Sportworks, which has been designing and making bicycle products for more than two decades.

“Washington’s First District is home to some of the most innovative and productive manufacturers in the world. Manufacturing Day provides us with an important opportunity to recognize the manufacturing industry’s contributions to the growth and prosperity of our economy,” DelBene said. “It was wonderful spending the day with Sportworks and their employees, who are making it easier for commuters to bike.”

DelBene is a cosponsor of legislation that would designate the first Friday of October as Manufacturing Day, which this year took place on Oct. 7. Manufacturers contribute more than $2 trillion to the economy and support more than 18 million U.S. jobs.

"It was an honor for us to host the Congresswoman for a tour of our facility" said Julie Gregg, Sportworks Marketing Manager.  "The tour resulted from a visit to DelBene's office in DC in conjunction with the National Bicycle Summit last March.  We were asking the Representative to co-sponsor the PHIT bill which provides insurance dollars for fitness equipment and training including bicycles.  She did sign onto the bill and expressed interest in what we are doing to support better bicycle infrastructure which is how the Sportworks visit came to be."

Sportworks employs nearly 100 workers and manufactures Bike-Racks-for-Buses and stationary bike parking racks.  They supply to more than 500 municipalities in North America. On Friday, DelBene toured their manufacturing facility in Woodinville and met with employees.

DelBene has also introduced the Manufacturing Jobs for Veterans Act to expand veterans’ access to long-term, good-paying jobs in the manufacturing industry by boosting training for those re-entering the civilian workforce.