Roadkill: January 2008

From a “remote location”
Jan. 26, 2008, 7:39 AM

The new office Despite these photos of the new office that we moved into yesterday at our factory, this post is coming from a secret “remote location” because the network/internet in the new office is not working yet - as it was supposed to. Unfortunately that means no email communication at least until Monday after they trace where the problem is inside the wall somewhere, or change the cable ends, or appease some local god. So if we appear to have gone silent, well, we have, but we're still here.

As you can see from the photos, the first office room is still empty, there's no sofa yet for the boss to sleep on, and a few things remain to be done in the office and in the new kitchen area. But now that our elevator is painted fire-engine red, no doubt the future is ours to claim.


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More scootRS factory expansion
Jan. 19, 2008, 10:25 AM

More scootRS factory expansionThe never-ending process of expansion continues here. If you haven't been following the story, here's the recap. Last year we posted about our move to a new, much larger factory so we'd have more room to make scooter parts for you. Then in August we posted about needing more room still and taking over an adjoining building to use as an office and warehouse for all those scooter parts. Presently we have a large U-shaped building, with an L being the factory and the rest being the warehouse/packing/shipping and a small office.

In fact, though, we have always had a main office at another location in town. The factory is a bit outside of town and the office there is smaller, as you can see in this photo from the 2nd post noted above. Well, now finally we are combining the offices and thus we have to expand the little office at the factory, which wasn't so nice anyway. That will streamline things and allow for the next phase. (There's always a “next” phase.)

For now you can enjoy the photos above for an idea of the current mess and marvel at half the disaster area that is the packing/shipping side with the little office temporarily moved over there (the other half of the photo is an untold number of large boxes). We're actually fixing up one whole side of the building, from the street to the factory floor. The office will expand to take over most of it, and a new ceiling is being installed along with all new wiring. Then we're fixing up the washrooms and building a kitchen area, which you can see as you look down towards the factory entrance, or back from it. (Compare with the old photo.) One nice thing is built-in network cable throughout, over to the shipping area and up to the 2nd floor of the warehouse as well, so no computer wires anywhere.

Once painted it should be quite nice and we can move everything there. We'll post more after we're done. On the factory side, we've got some new machinery coming in, but more on that later too.


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New Year's Eve in Saigon
Jan. 2, 2008, 5:27 PM

We ventured out into the New Year's Eve scooter madness that is Saigon. Eventually we arrived at our destination. In previous years a block party would never have been allowed, but this was the scene at the centre of it all about 12:15:


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