Kadee and Springs (June 2017)
How important to you is the statement "made in America" or "made in the U.S.A."? Does it have any "real meaning" to you? Well it certainly does to us. We have been making our products here in the U.S.A. since 1946 and we have no plans to change that. In fact, we make and assemble our products right here in our own building, in White City, Oregon, U.S.A. We are pretty much a complete in house operation. We have our own machine shop to do all of our tool and die work (mold making), we do our own plastic injection and die cast molding, we have our own print shop to print all of our packaging and instructions, We make our own machinery for specialty operations like assembly jigs, pinning machines (putting trip pins in couplers), and inserting wire whisker centering springs. We make all of our springs including our many different coil springs. Please also note, we are having a sale this month of 10% off all of our springs. We do sell springs to other markets outside of model railroading and to help select a spring for a particular need we have a coil spring dimensional chart on our web site at the following link https://kadee.com/documents/kadee_spring_spec.pdf. You also can find this on our web site under "helpful hints" then click on "handouts". The chart will show the basic dimensions, number of coils, wire size, length, ID and OD, and coil pitch, retail part number and our in house numbers. So if you're looking for a coil spring to "fit someplace" check this chart and we might have a spring that may work for you.
Making our own products right here gives us several advantages over other model railroading manufacturers. Three in particular being quality control, shipping time, and communications. We do have immediate quality control since everything is happening right here we can simply walk into the back room and take care of any problems. We don't have to wait for a shipment to arrive from overseas to have our products in hand and we're not dependent upon another party to make our products to meet our standards. In this regard we can immediately stop production if there's an issue rather than waiting for an entire production run to be shipped only to find out there's a problem. Then, normally, we have few "missed in translation" issues when we need something fixed or changed. I can only imagine having no product to sell because of a delayed shipment waiting to be off loaded at the docks then trucked to our location only to find out there a problem with the product that our screaming customers have been waiting for. That's not the way we do business and that's why we rarely, if ever, announce a new product until it meets our standards and is ready to release.