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chriskingbuzz RichardCunningham's article
May 25, 2012 at 11:13
May 25, 2012
Chris King's Noble Vision: Products Near Perfection and Earth-Friendly Manufacturing
For those of you who have had performance issues with our product we want to know. Please email us with a description of your issue at info@chrisking.com.
chriskingbuzz RichardCunningham's article
May 25, 2012 at 11:12
May 25, 2012
Chris King's Noble Vision: Products Near Perfection and Earth-Friendly Manufacturing
Concerning our move from California to Oregon. Chris King currently employs 96 people, the majority of whom are trades people and blue-collar workers. During the real estate explosion of the mid to late 90’s, Chris realized that if he stayed in southern California his work force would soon be priced out a of a reasonable living. As it happened, during his last years in Santa Barbara he had employees commuting over two hours to work. The move to Portland via Lake Shasta was a way to locate his business in an environment where his employees could afford to live and where Chris could afford to pay them. California’s environmental regulations were not a reason that Chris King moved to a less strictly regulated state. In fact, we do more here regardless of what’s required by this state than we did in California, not that we didn’t do a lot there.
chriskingbuzz RichardCunningham's article
May 25, 2012 at 11:09
May 25, 2012
Chris King's Noble Vision: Products Near Perfection and Earth-Friendly Manufacturing
In terms of recycling we can only assume that most manufacturers have appropriate channels by which they recycle their waste. The US and other developed countries have well-defined regulatory laws governing industrial waste. The same cannot be said for manufacturing locations in the developing world. We know that we are able to salvage 98% of our cutting oil; this is oil that will not be burned off into the atmosphere during the recycling process. Before we send our chips off to the recycler we make pucks. Raw metal chips are collected from the manufacturing process and fed into the pelletizer, a machine that Chris designed. It takes about 2 seconds for a 400-ton hydraulic ram to transform a scrambled pile of chips into a compact puck. These pucks return a higher monetary value from the recycler. This entire process allows us to reduce our monetary investment, keeping consumer costs down while reducing the amount of waste product entering the environment. If you are interested in more specific information visit our website http://chrisking.com/company/sustainable_manufacturing or email us at info@chrisking.com we are happy to share.
chriskingbuzz RichardCunningham's article
May 25, 2012 at 11:09
May 25, 2012
Chris King's Noble Vision: Products Near Perfection and Earth-Friendly Manufacturing
The environmental focus of our manufacturing processes is detailed and there are many subtleties that were left out in order to not overburden this article. As an example, a major factor in the decision to use high quality soy based cutting oil in our manufacturing is that it balances environmental features while allowing us to provide consumers with reasonably priced goods. What does that mean? When compared to widely utilized water-soluble cutting oil, soy based cutting oil has a much lower environmental impact, both in its production and disposal. Soy based cutting oil is also easier on our equipment, increasing the life span of our machines by as much as 50% when compared to machines running on water-soluble cutting oil. The nature of soy oil allows us to easily filter and reuse the oil. This reduces both costs and waste while at the same time maintaining a healthier environment for our employees and passing along the savings to our consumers.
chriskingbuzz RichardCunningham's article
May 25, 2012 at 11:08
May 25, 2012
Chris King's Noble Vision: Products Near Perfection and Earth-Friendly Manufacturing
As consumers you have the power to choose where you spend your money and we have always supported the idea that consumers should, when possible, use their buying power to purchase quality, environmentally conscious, locally produced goods. These are important factors to how we envision the overall value of a Chris King product; we strive to provide the user with the most value at the best price. We applaud and support Hope and other high-end component makers who maintain a similar ethos and production standard.
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