Sunday, June 8, 2014

Bend company prepares to export first rugged travel vehicle to Mongolia

BEND, Oregon — A Bend company that makes vehicles for remote, rugged travel is preparing to export its first vehicle.

The first exported EarthCruiser EXP will go to Mongolia.

EarthCruiser USA owner Lance Gillies tells the Bend Bulletin (http://bit.ly/1tUoqqR) his company delivered its first vehicle to an American customer about two months ago. He says the plant in Bend has two or three vehicles in production at any given time, but he hopes to eventually ramp up to 50.

The vehicles are priced on average at $210,000. They're made to cross deserts and travel on washboard roads, or through places without roads.

Gillies originally founded his company in his native Australia but moved to Oregon to be closer to his wife's family. He registered his business in Oregon in 2011 and has eight employees.

Information from: The Bulletin, http://www.bendbulletin.com

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