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Tour Dubuque calls for and gets U.S-assembled supplies

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DUBUQUE (KWWL) -

One young Dubuque company is seeing the fruits of its efforts this week, after advocating for American-made products from its supplier.

It's Tour Dubuque, a sight-seeing business that leads guided excursions through the Key City on three-wheeled vehicles called Trikkes.

Trikke Tech, Inc., is a U.S. company that distributes its product internationally.

Up until very recently, the company had their three-wheeled, scooter-like vehicles manufactured and assembled in China.

Tour Dubuque owner Leo Broughton said enough customers asked about this fact and expressed dismay the vehicles weren't at all American-made that it prompted him to approach the company's CEO to see if anything could be done.

Trikke Tech, Inc. heard his and other customers' requests and moved the assembly operation to the U.S.

Just this week, Tour Dubuque got the very first of the Trikkes assembled in America, with the first 10 U.S. serial numbers, too.

"It's a really big deal for us, you know. We lobbied to get them made in America, and they responded to us, so we're glad to see that," Broughton said. "People like to have things made in America...Even though these are global-sourced, they're assembled here in America, you know, kind of a first step of bringing it back to the US."

With these 10 American-assembled Trikkes, Tour Dubuque's fleet is now at 32.

"People didn't really know that Dubuque was so interesting," Broughton said of customers' responses. "I mean, it's the oldest city in Iowa. We cover history, architecture, art and entertainment, the natural wonders that makes Dubuque the Masterpiece on the Mississippi, so, you know, a lot of people are kind of surprised at some of the stories that there are in Dubuque's history, some of the architecture, some of the stories behind some of the houses."

The company opened in July of last year and is expanding tours now into Galena, Ill. and Le Claire.

Tour Dubuque has Trikkes that are motorized and others that are strictly human-powered, ridden in a motion that simulates slalom skiing.

Broughton said he got the idea for Tour Dubuque after taking a tour of Chicago on a motorized device called a Segway.

Since those machines are expensive to buy and maintain, he went with Trikkes instead.

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