A new manufacturing plant is coming to London

March 10, 2017 by  

Capitol Bicycles, currently based in Ohio, will be moving their production plant to the city.

The brand produces custom, handmade cycles. The move to London makes sense, because the city is known as the ‘Cycling Capital of Kentucky’, since it hosts the annual Redbud Ride.

The bicycle company’s move was announced at the beginning of this month. When it opens, the plant will probably employ fewer than 10 people, most of whom will be painters or welders. It plans on moving into a building on Westinghouse Drive, in front of Highland Diversified.

Cities can use banners to call attention to new businesses that come to town. The announcement for the plant’s move occurred during the monthly meeting of the London-Laurel County Tourism Commission. Rodney Hendrickson, the co-executive director of the commission, also used the meeting to give members an update about this year’s cycling race.

So far, 887 people have signed up for the ride. Cyclists come from 20 states, as well as Canada. Registration is up 42% compared to numbers this time last year, when more than 1,400 riders ended up participating.

The Rosebud Ride takes place on April 22 and offers four routes to accommodate riders of all abilities. Routes range from 24 to 100 miles in length. The tourism commission is looking for more volunteers to help out with what it expects to be the most attended ride yet.