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Green Bike Builders Go Against the China Cheap Labor Rush


Thanks to Steven H. For sending this to me. While NBC's focus of this evening news story was the “Green” aspect of electric motorcycles, another exciting aspect is that the bikes are built in Oregon.

In the video, the founder says that the idea of building bikes in Oregon is that the cost of American labor (including healthcare) at two hours of assembly time would be less than the shipping cost from China.

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It's a great example of how the convention wisdom (thou shalt case cheap labor) can be proven wrong by examples like this one and that of Eve Yen, from Diamond Wipes.

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Mark Graban is an internationally-recognized consultant, author, and speaker who has worked in healthcare, manufacturing, and startups. He is author of the Shingo Award-winning books Lean Hospitals and Healthcare Kaizen, as well as The Executive Guide to Healthcare Kaizen. His most recent book is the anthology Practicing Lean that benefits the Louise H. Batz Patient Safety Foundation, where Mark is a board member. Mark is also the VP of Improvement & Innovation Services for the technology company KaiNexus. He is currently writing his next book, tentatively titled Measures of Success.

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