SANTA CRUZ, CA--(Marketwire - Jul 3, 2012) - Zero Motorcycles, the global leader in the electric motorcycle industry, is honored to announce their induction by the Made In The U.S.A. Foundation at their annual "Made In The U.S.A. Hall of Fame" awards ceremony. With this announcement, Zero Motorcycles becomes only the second United States-based motorcycle manufacturer, in addition to Harley-Davidson, to receive this prestigious award. Other companies inducted during the ceremonies held on July 2 include Google, Facebook, Chrysler, Ford, Masterlock, Macintosh Stereos and Channel Island Surfboards. The awards ceremony was held at the Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel in Santa Monica, Calif., where Zero Motorcycles was acknowledged for their commitment to promoting local commerce and job creation in the United States.
With a new manufacturing facility and corporate headquarters located near Santa Cruz, Calif., in Scotts Valley, Zero's strategic location near the technically innovative Silicon Valley is no coincidence. Dedicated to developing groundbreaking technology within the continually evolving electric motorcycle industry, Zero employs more than 75 engineers, designers, manufacturing personnel and corporate representatives within the United States alone.
"Zero Motorcycles is dedicated to not only creating the best electric motorcycles on the market, but to also supporting our local community by providing good paying manufacturing jobs. Our bikes are 100 percent designed, engineered and assembled in the United States by hard-working Americans at our Santa Cruz facility," said Scot Harden, Vice President of Global Marketing for Zero Motorcycles. "We are honored to be recognized by the Made In The U.S.A. Foundation and thank them for their support of the hard working Zero Motorcycles team."
The Foundation had announced 60 nominees for 20 awards for the Made in the U.S.A. Hall of Fame. The 2012 nominees feature energy-efficient vehicles, including electric cars and motorcycles, solar panels and more. Judging was based on three criteria: "quality," "competitiveness" and "impact." "Quality" comparisons included use of Consumer Reports, the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award (awarded by the National Institute of Standards and Technology) and other evaluating entities. A company's "competitiveness" criteria included industry comparisons with imports and ability to export. For "impact" evaluation, the judges looked for a company's commitment to breakthroughs in technology, a new product or exceptional designs.
The Made In The U.S.A. Foundation works to promote United States-based manufacturing and the critical role domestic manufacturing plays in the creation of sustainable United States jobs. The Made In The U.S.A. Foundation's Hall of Fame celebrates businesses who exhibit excellence in United States-based manufacturing practices and standards. The nominees were evaluated on their contribution to job creation in the United States and labor and environmental standards, among other criteria.
About Zero Motorcycles
Zero Motorcycles is committed to transforming the motorcycling experience by bringing to market highly innovative electric motorcycles that offer exceptional value and performance. Zero is powered by innovation, driven by passion, guided by integrity, and measured by results. Through extensive research, insight and experience, Zero combines the art and science of motorcycle development to create and manufacture products that excite consumers and inspire brand loyalty. Zero is determined to be the preeminent global electric motorcycle company.
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For more information on Zero Motorcycles or to learn more about its complete motorcycle line including the Zero S, Zero DS, Zero XU, Zero MX and Zero X motorcycles, visit: http://www.zeromotorcycles.com.