6 December 2005
To: All Surfboard Building Customers
Re: Clark Foam
It is with a heavy heart that I must inform you that yesterday we received news that Clark Foam is ceasing production of surfboard blanks.
It is expected that in the next couple of weeks more information will come out clarifying why they have ceased building boards. From the information that we have at this point in time it appears that for reasons relating to regulatory issues they are currently unable to produce product.
Being that we just received a stock truck in November we are fairly well stocked at present. However with the news that Clark Foam is no longer producing boards we have had many calls from potential new customers wanting to purchase our inventory.
In order to best serve our customer base we are announcing that we will have to go to allocation for the time being. What this means is that we will not be accepting orders for surfboard blanks from new customers at this time in order to protect our existing and loyal customer base. We may also regulate what current customers buy if it is not consistent with there past purchasing patterns.
We regret having to do this, it is not how we like to do business but hope that you will be patient and understanding during this time of distress to our industry.
It behooves all involved to take some time to reflect on what is happening to Clark Foam, and what is happening here in the United States. We need to be concerned about the future viability of manufacturing in the U.S. especially in regards to small businesses and the regulatory burdens placed on them. We need to become educated in the issues and facts. Then we must act. Write letters to your legislators and become involved in local area politics and organizations.
314 W. Depot
P.O. Box 345
Bingen, WA 98290