It was a cold grey day in November 1976 when the Dreissigacker caravan of Dick, Peter, Peter’s future spouse Bari, and all their belongings, pulled into the outdated Vermont farm that might grow to be the house of Concept2. That they had spent the final 12 months designing a sooner oar for their very own use, and thought possibly it had a future. Or if it didn’t, they might design one thing else. In order that they shaped a partnership and Concept2 was born.
That they had spent the summer season cruising the US on the lookout for a spot to settle, and by the autumn, had chosen northern Vermont. They introduced their boat and oars and camped alongside Waterbury Reservoir in Waterbury, Vermont, so they might practice every morning for the Head Of The Charles Regatta. The remainder of their days had been spent on the lookout for a spot to start out the enterprise.
Fairly rapidly, they discovered the outdated farm in Morrisville, Vermont. It was a good looking October day with nice climate and good foliage. However as soon as the foliage fades, early November could be a fairly bleak time in Northern Vermont. The morning they arrived on the farm it was chilly and blustery and there was a coating of early snow on all the pieces. The farmhouse had a rickety outdated oil burner for warmth, so one of many first issues they did was set up a very good wood-burning range to maintain the place heat.
Over the following few years, they fastened up the farmhouse, added a backyard and a passive photo voltaic water-heating system, and commenced to filter out the barn to make room for oar manufacturing. The primary prototype oars had been rowed on the World Championships in Amsterdam in the summertime of 1977, and the very first oar gross sales got here within the fall of that 12 months.
In 1979, they employed their first workers. The primary RowErg, the Mannequin A, was launched in 1981—designed to assist rowers practice in the course of the winter. Within the early years, most of Concept2’s clients had been fellow rowers, typically associates. So started the Concept2 custom of making high-quality merchandise to serve our associates and our larger group. We’ve held agency to this custom at the same time as our group has grown effectively past outdated associates and teammates. Our merchandise, our service, our prolonged buyer assist are all designed to care for all our clients as we might our associates.
So right here we’re, 45 years after the founding of Concept2. As we write this, it’s blustery and chilly—simply because it was 45 years in the past. However we wish to prolong heat appreciation to all of you for becoming a member of the Concept2 group and making it the welcoming, vibrant, wholesome group that it’s.