When Stan Alemaskin started Scavenger Cycles in November 2015, he set up shop in a 5-foot-by-15-foot storage unit in Malvern.
Two years later the company has grown significantly — and now occupies about 5,000 square feet of space in the former Nipple Works building on Laurel Street in Pottstown. The company moved into Pottstown in September, writes Donna Rovins in The Mercury.
Scavenger Cycles, according to Alemaskin is a “mix of a parts locator and manufacturer” — finding and re engineering parts for motorcycles around the world.
What started as a part-time business for Alemaskin, 34, and business partner Dan Samanen, 29, has turned into a full-time operation. The pair typically works 80-hour weeks and field telephone calls at all hours from clients around the world.
“We really have two markets,” Alemaskin said during a recent interview. “In the U.S. it’s more motorcycle restoration and in southeast Asia, Africa and South America motorcycles are the way people commute to work.”
Some parts they may have on-hand already — the storage area is full of bins that house parts from individual “donor” bikes they have purchased and then taken apart. A sophisticated inventory system lets Alemaskin and Samanen know exactly where in storage a particular part might be. If they don’t have a requested part, they will search for it.
Samanen said they are confident that if they buy a full motorcycle when they just need the wheels, for example, requests for other parts will come.
The pair has also been known to work on motorcycle restorations, as well.
Both see 3-D printing as a technology that will enhance their business.
“If we had the ability to recreate a part and not have to warehouse it, but just have a file and say ‘print’ and then send it out — that’s something we’ve been talking about,” Samanen said.
“It’s the way to manufacture parts,” Alemaskin added.
Neither Alemaskin nor Samanen started in the motorcycle industry. The pair met while working in banking.
Alemaskin studied international commerce in Europe then owned a sign shop for about seven years. He has a marketing degree from West Chester University.
“I was a business banker, an investment banker, a manager. It wasn’t for me,” he said.
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