Feistritz a.d. Gail, in the Carinthia State in the Southern Alps of Austria, is the small, unassuming village The Mothership calls home. The area was home to the legendary Elan Factory where some of the industry’s top skis and snowboards were manufactured for generations. When the factory closed down in 2013, CAPiTA acquired all assets as part of the transition. Today, The Mothership facility is a scaled-down and more efficient version of the original factory. It’s Montgomery’s clean-energy dream come true.
The location just opened this past November 2015, and with it the brand has received an outpouring of support and interest from the industry about the process of making snowboard manufacturing “cleaner.” The facility puts out zero carbon emissions, is hydro-powered, with an ozone depletion and global warming potential of zero. It has a coefficient performance score of “5”, which means for every unit of energy the facility’s system draws in, it produces five units of usable energy. Sounds like a clear step into the future, if you ask us.
“A production facility isn’t going to be something for two years or five years, it’s going to be for 50 years,” Montgomery says. “I mean it’s possible that this production facility could potentially outlast our company or ourselves. So, down the road—20, 30, 40, 50 years from now—what does a production facility look like? I don’t believe you are going to be allowed to have smokestacks in front of your factory 40 years from now. You can either make a decision to address those changes and expenses down the road someday, or you can do it now, and our shareholders decided we wanted to do it now.”
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