INDIANAPOLIS, IN (BRAIN) — Joshua Poertner, the former technical director of Zipp Speed Weaponry, has purchased the legendary Italian pump brand, Silca, and plans to relocated the brand and all its production to Indianapolis.
Silca SRL was founded in 1917 by Felice Sacchi in Milan, Italy. Felice’s grandson Claudio Sacchi has run the company since 1989 and was affectionately known as Mr. Silca by the cycling industry. Claudio and his wife Elena sold the Silca brand to Poertner; they plan to remain in the distribution business in Italy.
“I am both thrilled and honored to be entrusted with this great and historic brand. To me Silca has always represented passion, craftsmanship, and timeless functionality. I look forward to merging these values with advanced engineering capabilities and U.S. manufacturing here in Indianapolis," said Poertner.
Poertner announced last month that he was leaving SRAM, the current owner of Zipp.