OGDEN -- Officials of Goode Ski Technologies will announce at a news conference today the company has relocated its snow ski manufacturing operation from China to headquarters in Ogden.
The move coincides with Goode Ski's launch of 20 new carbon fiber ski models for the 2011-2012 season, said Kirk Langford, the company's vice president for worldwide sales and marketing.
Manufacturing at Goode Ski's headquarters at 2450 Wall Ave. will give the company more control over production and increase the ability to test skis quickly at Snowbasin and Powder Mountain resorts, Langford said.
It will also bring prestige to Ogden because each set of skis will be adorned with a sticker noting that they were made in the city, said Dave Goode, president and founder of Goode Skis.
"Manufactured in America and specifically in Ogden, Utah, is our message," Goode said, adding his company is the only one in Ogden to build skis locally. It already makes water skis at its headquarters.
Goode Ski is spending about $1 million for equipment to make snow skis, Goode said. It will still use a factory in China to make its ski poles.
Goode Ski plans to add as many as 30 employees in the next few months to accommodate its new manufacturing effort.
The company will have the ability to make 100 pair of skis a day based on customer demand, said Langford.
Goode Ski's decision to relocate manufacturing to Ogden is significant, Mayor Matthew Godfrey said in a statement.
"Goode Skis has always been in the forefront of innovation and this is one more example of their trail blazing," he said. "Changing world dynamics and demand for 'Made in America' products make this a wise move. Ogden's productive workforce and low cost of doing business along with local expertise in carbon fiber manufacturing make this a brilliant move on the part of Goode Ski Technologies.! I believe this will improve the bottom line for Goode while creating jobs for Ogden's local economy."
Goode Ski had been using a factory in China since 1998 to make its snow skis.
However, China is experiencing inflation and a shortage of factory workers because the government is encouraging citizens to remain in the areas where they live and not move to urban areas, Goode said.
The company moved to Ogden in 2004.