Where does Wisconsin-based Trek make most of its bicycles? Asia, of course.
In an interview in Wisbusiness.com, former Trek exec Mary Burke said 80% of Trek bicycles are made abroad, mostly in Asia. That shouldn't be a surprise. The Washington Post reported in an article about the demise of Schwinn that more than 90% of all bicycles sold in the US are made overseas.
Burke is the daughter of Trek founder Richard Burke and a former vice president of finance for the family-controlled company.
Trek's high-end bicycles, such as the ones Lance Armstrong rides to his Tour de France victories, are still made in the US, though, and account for half of the company's $500 million in annual sales.
Trek is trying to turn the tide. WisBusiness says Trek is preparing to make its first shipment of high-quality US-made bicycles to <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = “urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags” />China.