Segway says most of its production will remain in Bedford

MICHAEL COUSINEAU/UNION LEADER Segway's world headquarters on Technology Drive in Bedford. After saying that it was moving production of its signature personal transporter from Bedford to China, Segway now says most of that production will remain in Bedford.

BEDFORD — After saying that it was moving production of its signature personal transporter from Bedford to China, Segway now says most of that production will remain in Bedford.

“Segway Personal Transporters sold in the Americas and in Europe — representing more than 90% of sales — will continue to be produced in Bedford,” the company said in an update.

On Tuesday, the company issued a statement after the Union Leader inquired, saying it “is anticipated, however, that the PT production line will be moved to China.”

State Labor Commissioner Ken Merrifield on Tuesday said layoffs were expected at Segway’s world headquarters on Technology Drive. On Thursday, he referred questions to Segway.

Inventor Dean Kamen unveiled the Segway in 2001, and the company has been sold several times since then.

“The company clarified that it will relocate the production of only a very small number of Personal Transporters destined for sale in the Asia/Pacific Region — which represents less than 10% of total sales — to more efficiently meet customer requirements,” the new Segway statement said.

“There are no workforce reductions anticipated in Bedford as a result of this production adjustment,” the company said.

“Segway continually evaluates its production and operational requirements to determine the best ways to serve our customers with the quality, delivery and innovation that they have come to expect,” the follow-up statement said.

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