Since Chris founded the company in 1976 we have operated with two goals in mind; manufacture high quality bike parts in an environmentally responsible manner, and have those parts outperform and outlast the competition, staying on bikes and out of the landfill.
We’re proud to say that we still believe in these principles and are expanding upon them. Chris King Precision Components is proud to have met the rigorous B Corporation standards and be a Certified B Corporation, joining their movement to use “business as a force for good™”.
As a B Corporation we believe;
- That we must be the change we seek in the world.
- That all business ought to be conducted as if people and place matter.
- That, through their products, practices, and profits, businesses should aspire to do no harm and benefit all.
- To do so requires that we act with the understanding that we are each dependent upon another and thus responsible for each other and future generations.
While we are joining over 3000 Certified B Corporations, we are the first manufacturer in the bike industry to meet the rigorous standards. We hope to be an inspiration to other brands in the cycling industry.
B Corp™ certification means that we are a purpose driven business seeking to benefit all stakeholders, not just shareholders. Let’s unpack that for a moment. When we say stakeholders, we mean you, we mean the planet, and we mean our employees. What we do has an impact on all of these. As a manufacturer we recognize that it takes large amounts of energy and resources to produce the raw materials that we machine into finished parts and because of this we want to manufacture our parts in the most responsible way we can, which begins with making serviceable components that last a lifetime so they never have to be made again.
The next step is offering our King Lifetime Warranty on all products. Our warranty means that we will keep your parts running for life. If you ever damage one of our parts we will service it and replace the damaged components, we believe in keeping good parts on bikes as long as possible.
In our manufacturing process we want to reclaim as much of the resources that have gone into making our raw materials as possible. We capture and separate all of the chips of aluminum and steel that are made while turning barstock into our parts. We then strain and separate the cutting oil while compacting the loose chips into dense and compact pucks of material. This makes them easier to transport and more efficient to recycle.
While recapturing the chips we also recapture our cutting fluid because we use organic canola oil instead of a traditional cutting fluid which has to be changed often, creating large amounts of waste, cutting inconsistency, and can be a skin irritant for workers. Our canola oil is US sourced and has an infinite lifespan as long as we recapture and strain/centrifuge it, and can be recycled if we ever stopped using it for some reason. This oil causes us to machine slower than a traditional cutting fluid but we believe that the environmental benefits far outweigh the slower machining speed.
Chris King Precision Components occupies a 73,000sq ft factory in Portland, Oregon. To reduce our energy needs for heating and cooling we have designed and built a 3000 gallon water mass loop. This circulating water mass runs throughout the entire building and is connected to all elements that generate or need heating/cooling. For example; our heat treating vacuum autoclave, our lasers, many of the machines on the shop floor, the walk-in cooler in our cafe, and the server room are all connected to this system via heat pumps. This allows us to transfer the heat generated through these processes to the water mass and store it there until night time when we can use the ambient air temp outside to cool the water mass and start the cycle over again. Or in the winter, we can take this heat and redistribute it to heat all of the offices in the building. This system allows us to have no additional heating or cooling needs for two-thirds of the year and greatly reduces the need in the coldest and warmest months.Being a Certified B Corporation goes well beyond our environmental efforts. Our commitment flows through our supply chain, our hiring practices, and our workers’ well being. We aim to be the change in the world we seek and encourage others to follow. Find more information about becoming a Certified B Corporation here.