IDA Graduate David Lewis Earns Veteran of the Week Honors
IDA graduate David Lewis of Veteran Bicycle Co., LLC, recently received Student Veteran of the Week honors from the Institute for Veterans and Military Families. We are proud of the work David is doing through Veteran Bicycle Co. and are excited to see how his business grows.
The following story was sourced from IVMF’s Facebook page.
“Meet IVMF’s #StudentOfTheWeek, David Lewis, an #ArmyVeteran
Lewis served with the 173d Airborne Brigade Combat Team, and deployed to Afghanistan with that unit in 2007. He was stationed in Germany, where he got the opportunity to qualify on Bundeswehr weapons and earned the Schuetzenschnur in Gold. He also deployed to Iraq as an Army Reservist in 2003.
Lewis separated from the Army in 2013, and immediately used his education opportunities from the VA to complete the United Bicycle Institute frame-building and mechanics programs. Soon after, he founded his own bicycle manufacturing company, Veteran Bicycle Co., LLC.
Lewis completed the Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities (EBV) in 2014 at UCLA. He also holds a grant from the EBV Foundation and has participated in the Mercy Corps NW IDA Grant Program, receiving another grant earlier this year, offsetting the capital-intensive startup costs for a new manufacturing company.
Lewis is working with #VetBikes, a 501c3 from Olympia, Washington, to provide a fleet of bicycles for veterans to learn mechanical skills and have dependable transportation.
“It will give me an opportunity to real world test the products I will be selling commercially, which is volume bicycle manufacturing tooling and equipment,” he said. “I want Veteran Bicycle Co. to be the obvious choice to those considering starting a bicycle manufacturing business in America and need tooling.”
Lewis is currently enrolled at Portland Community College and majoring in Machine Manufacturing Technology. Last summer, he earned a Manufacturing Technician Certificate and is working on a CNC Operator Certificate and Associate in Applied Science Degree. Lewis also works as a welder on the fabrication team at #ADXPortland.”