Legendary Leeds bike model Bob Jackson will begin to produce conventional steel frames once more from mid 2021 after being saved from closure by a bunch of native buyers headed by Tony Woodrup.
Woodrup, of fellow Leeds body builders Woodrup Cycles, informed Biking Weekly that there was an excessive amount of shared historical past between the 2 household companies for him to face by after Bob Jackson introduced it might shut its doorways on December 18 final 12 months.
“My grandpa [Woodrup founder, Maurice] was in partnership with Bob after World Struggle II,” mentioned Woodrup. “We’ve all the time had that connection even after we cut up. They’re an actual iconic model.”
Tony Woodrup emphasised that regardless of his changing into certainly one of three new Bob Jackson administrators, the businesses would stay separate, with Bob Jackson shifting to new premises, nonetheless in Leeds.
“The outdated manufacturing facility wanted large funding to be honest. It wasn’t in an important state of restore. Even when we’d gone in there we might have needed to intestine the place. So we’ve already discovered a brand new constructing that may incorporate a state-of-the artwork paint store and new tooling. We’re taking a look at opening in round six months.”
When Bob Jackson introduced its closure, one of many causes given was that it had not been capable of finding youthful members of employees to coach up. Bob Jackson, who began the enterprise in 1935, died in 1999 and his enterprise accomplice Donald Thomas had been operating the corporate since 1993.
“Not one of the outdated employees are carrying on for now,” confirmed Woodrup. “We’ll be bringing in new blood, bringing in new apprentices.
“For the second I’m envisaging providing set sizes as Jacksons did earlier than. When you’re semi-mass producing you’re making an attempt to maintain the costs down. The costs are going to go up somewhat bit, however as we’re placing new equipment in there and dashing up the manufacturing course of, we’re going to maintain the costs decrease than full customized.
“We’re going to maintain the unique fashions going – they have been very conventional, inch threaded – however trendy frames may even be put into the vary. Individuals might be wanting disc brakes so that you do want to maneuver with the occasions however I don’t wish to lose the essence of what Jacksons is.”
Woodrup needed to transfer quick to maintain Bob Jackson metal and in Leeds: “There have been a number of individuals wanting it – there was a European firm simply mainly wanting the model to stay it on some low-cost carbon and ship it into America.
“However I’m very happy with the engineering aspect of it, protecting doing issues within the conventional manner within the UK. And the thought that it could possibly be misplaced – it might have been sacrilege.”
The brand new Bob Jackson premises is not going to be a retail store, in response to Woodrup, however he sees it together with a showroom, in addition to guests having the ability to entry the body store.
“Individuals wish to see frames being constructed – it’s the theatre of it. They wish to meet the one that’s going to construct the body.”
A brand new Bob Jackson web site can be within the pipeline, the place orders will be positioned, and the well-known Bob Jackson crest, that includes the 2 lions, has already been digitally remastered prepared for the brand new head badges of the following technology of Bob Jackson frames.