Originally Posted by C-5Quad
Well this has been an interesting read for sure. A lot of hate and passion from all involved. All I own is castle products in my RC'S "due to customer service is still existant unlike most companies" but at the same time its labled made in china on the motors. Are they quality? yes, but they could be made in the US and sold for the same price and profits still made. But like every other company they can't resist the cheep border line slave labor over there that stuffs huge profits into a select few pockets. While the actual work force makes less then half a turd split between 4. Thats why they steal and sell castle tech. Just rember castle gave them everything they needed to know....The entire process how to produce it start to finish. It's not right for them to copy and sell the protected plans but hardship pushes people to do messed up things.
. But hey thats what happens these days, we take a great product designed here and have another country make it, so we make more money....Then cry when they sell our plans to competitors... Thats what you get when your mentality is "why work hard thats whats China and Mexico are for". Only a select portion of the castle staff is US based, just enough to get good PR. A 8 hour day engeneering in front of a computer is no different then 8 hours of assembling tiny motors. Each person has to give up 8 hours of thier life for the product to become a reality.
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Ummmm.... I hate to burst your bubble.
Castle Engineering is based in Kansas. We have over 120 employees in Kansas. We still design and build ALL of our electronics right here in Olathe.
We design the motors in Kansas too, along with assistance from Steve Neu (in California.)
There are reasons we build the motors in China -- mainly supply of rare earths. It's difficult to export rare earth in quantity from China -- the Chinese govt. has a stranglehold on the exports of rare earths.
Also, it would be extremely difficult to build the motors in the USA, and still be able to offer them to OEMs like Traxxas -- the labor time involved in winding a good quality motor precludes us from being able to build the motors in the USA and still offer them at a price which would acceptable.