Dec 23, 2011
07:56 AMDiscover Connecticut
For Whom the Bells Ring
NPR recently did a nice feature on East Hampton's Bevin Brothers, who have manufactures all manner of bell for 180 years. Well worth a listen.
We also featured Bevin Brothers earlier this year in our June issue—you can read the full article here.
One of the many things that's great about Bevin Brothers is their commitment to "Bell Town" and the state. From the article:
Bevin Brothers has the distinction of having made the first bicycle bell, although they no longer fabricate them—they simply cannot compete with cheaper products from China. If Matt Bevin decided to outsource to Asia, that would be the end of his family’s long tradition of “American made.” He emphatically refuses to go that route, even though it would be more cost-effective. Bevin’s products have been made in America for nearly two centuries, and Matt intends to keep it that way.
“I’d rather support another small local or domestic company,” he says. “They are little guys just like us and we all need each other. Every time a little guy chooses to outsource it takes a piece of our heart and soul. I am going to do everything possible to ensure we can still produce a product that is 100 percent made in the U.S.A.”
Considering how much everyone around here have struggled this year, it's always nice to see when someone realizes there's more to doing good business than simply the largest possible bottom line.
Also from the article—
Like his forebears, Matt feels a deep responsibility to leave his family’s legacy on solid ground for the next generation, which is challenging since he manufactures a product that few people actually need.
Yet, “There is something universal about the sound of a bell—it conjures up memories that connect us to humanity,” Matt says. “Even though you could recreate that sound electronically with your iPhone, it’s not the same. It doesn’t have the tangibility, the movement of the clapper, the feeling, the ringing. You can’t put a price on that. For those reasons I think bells have endured and will continue to endure.”
Here's hoping every time we hear one one ring, it means continued prosperity and success for local people and companies like Bevin Brothers.For Whom the Bells Ring