It’s quite the journey to get to Mervin Manufacturing located on the Olympic Peninsula in a town called Sequim. I made the trip on Monday to finally get to see the factory in person.
Mervin Manufacturing is in a remote wooded location, gotta travel by boat to get there.
Born and bred in Washington, Mervin hasn’t lost touch with their roots and continue to build snowboards in this location that they call “near Canada.” Even when you pull up to the factory, you are very aware you are in Mervin territory.
Upon stepping into Lib Tech we went to the wood shop where each piece of wood that comes in soon becomes the core of each snowboard.
The wood coming in gets feeded through the glue machine
This guy lathers them up and pieces the wood together to make stronger blocks that will be stacked behind him to make the cores
The cores of each model organized and divided up ready to be made into a snowboard
All the colors that go into being the sidewalls
After the wood shop, we toured where the snowboards are built by people listening to their favorite tunes and not wearing banana suits.
The cores are already shaped for the magne-traction and this machine is feeding the edges to the board.
Huntz roommate was caught like a deer in headlights but he’s working on the Skate Banana
A look at the layers involved in making a snowboard
Getting the board prepped
Dispenser 1 and 2 to finish up the process of making all the layers one product
In the end the snowboard comes out like a sandwich with some extra layers that will need to be cut off.
Here’s some boards going through the machines to get the extra layers cut off and in the end it’ll make it look more like a snowboard
Boards that were just finished
Each snowboard runs through Quality Control before it goes into the consumer’s hands. Three men are there to inspect, check out and make sure the board you get is in fine shape with no blemishes or defects.
Quality Controlling the Park Pickle
The world’s most environmental snowboard factory, I know it’s hard to believe those words go together but Mervin does their best to make sure they take steps that go towards being environmentally friendly. You can read about more of what they have done to be green with snowboards here
Outside of the factory are bins where un-used snowboard material is organized and recycled.
Mike has his own secret lab to come up with secret projects not visible to anyone. It’s like the unabomber shack but not that creepy and it’s for the good of snowboarding.
The new building at Mervin Manufacturing is where the warranty, customer service and shipping goes out of. Despite Mervin being a big brand now, it’s not big behind the scenes…personal touches and personal people are there to deal with issues, calls and getting your board to you.
Warranty boards waiting to be handled
Thousands of 2009-2010 boards are ready, stacked according to model and sizes.
Shipments ready for Europe
We went through the printing room to check out the graphics coming out in huge rolls and the guru going through video from Holy Oly that’ll go up on Lib Tech’s website soon.
Mervin has a killer pop machine with a one-piece, they understand the fun involved in that.
The tour ended on the employee break room wall where the fan mail is collected. I browsed through letters from Lib Techies, young and old that have sent in letters to Mervin on how much they love the products.
A huge thanks to Norm for setting it up and Huntz for giving me the tour as well as the Mervin employees for doing their job.