EDC Insights

Dec 21
Economic Development Council

Outdoor gear for the active adventurer

By Economic Development Council
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avuongheadshot.jpgAndrew Vuong, Vice President of Business Development

Living in the Pacific Northwest, we are endowed with a rich diversity of natural landscapes. This fact is evident in the great number of Seattle area residents and visitors who partake in outdoor activities in our region.   As a natural outgrowth of that activity, the region is home to a growing number of outdoor recreation, fashion & apparel companies. Many of these businesses are created by people with a passion for a particular sport or activity who are looking for a product that either doesn’t exist or meets their needs better than what is currently on the market.


The Economic Development Council of Seattle & King County (EDC) recently worked with Swift Industries on their business expansion and operational challenges as they expanded their workforce to meet the increased sales demand for their products. Started in 2008, Swift Industries is a Seattle based bicycle bag company that designs and produces their products in house. All products are handmade in their Pioneer Square facilities. The two founders, swift_edc.jpgMartina and Jason are avid bicycle adventurers who designed bicycle bags with utility in mind. The company grew organically and its products are now sold across the US and around the world. This past November, the company opened the doors of a new production space and showroom three times the size of their old facility. Congratulations to Swift Industries on their new facilities!

For more information about the company, please visit www.builtbyswift.com.

If you’re interested in Outdoor Recreation, Fashion & Apparel expansion in King County, please email Andrew Vuong at avuong@edc-seaking.org.