The ‘Two Old Hippies’ company, instrumental in the manufacture of the acclaimed Breedlove Guitars, announced the relocation of its U.S. factory from Bend’s Westside to a new location across town, which is set to increase the outfit’s space by almost a third.
Domestic production and distribution of the Breedlove and Bedell guitar lines will move from the current location on Lolo Drive, close to Summit High School, to new facilities spanning around 30,000 square feet on American Lane, just off Reed Market Road.
The move stems from current and future growth opportunities for the custom guitar manufacturer, says Marketing Director Ryan Bouslaugh, adding that the increased space and improved work flow of the new facilities will be essential in continuing to maximize production of Breedlove and Bedell guitars, while remaining in Bend.
Owner Tom Bedell emphasized: “We want to be good community citizens in Bend. We are excited to be building our business in Bend and appreciate all of the support of the local community and the State of Oregon.
“This new building will allow us to gain further efficiency in our workshop and better service our worldwide customers. We are amazed with the craftsmanship of the co-hippies in Bend and the exceptional business environment.”
Breedlove has been building acoustic guitars since 1990. Carefully melding time-tested traditional methods with modern engineering and ingenuity, Bouslaugh says Breedlove builds some of the most exquisite acoustic instruments in the world.
Bedell Guitars is also the culmination of Tom Bedell’s lifelong passion for music. Originally offered in 1964, he has returned to his “first love” of musical instruments to produce the current line-up of Bedell Guitars.
The move is currently underway in gradual stages, with the new factory anticipated to be fully operational by August.
The current location at 2843 NW Lolo Drive is now being offered for sale by commercial real estate brokers Peter Lowes and Scott Gibbs of Lowes Commercial Properties.
Lowes commented: “This is a beautiful 20,636 square foot industrial building in the popular industrial park zone of NorthWest Crossing, which actually cost around $3.5 million to construct and is being offered for sale at $1.5 million.
“The tenant is scheduled to vacate the property October 1 this year and we see this as an excellent potential owner/user opportunity.
“This really is a quality industrial building with manufacturing, showroom and office space, as well as ample parking (50 spaces plus 3 ADA spaces), two roll-up doors and a loading door, representing pride of ownership in a well-constructed property.”