The best manufacturers are found not through search engines, but through connections and relationships. We are currently in the process of leveraging our connections and thoroughly vetting manufacturers to find only the most quality-driven factories. The aspects we consider in our search include ratio of managers to workers, size of factory, unique and interesting capabilities, employee treatment, raw material sourcing, and of course, quality.
Our next step is to visit these factories, many of which are in China. One of our co-founders, Casey, grew up overseas and speaks Chinese fluently; this has significantly eased the language barrier burden. At this point we will be ready to select one or more manufacturers for product trials and eventually production!