County suspends manufacturing at Reckless Motorcycles

Publish Date: 
Apr 11, 2013

BLOUNT COUNTY, Tenn. – Work at Reckless Motorcycles’ manufacturing operation skidded to a halt Tuesday after county officials issued a stop work order for the business.

Officials issued the order based on Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and fire code violations, Blount County Mayor Ed Mitchell told the Daily Times. The infractions alleged were inadequate ventilation, no running water and improper storage of chemicals inside the old boat factory Reckless occupied.

The company was also found to be operating at a second site without a permit and without telling county officials of the move, Mitchell said.

Reckless Motorcycles sells fairings for American and Japanese motorcycles and luggage for a variety of bikes. Johan Fourie, location operation manager for Reckless, said the company has eight employees producing fiberglass fairings at the former boat plant. The county order idles them until the building is up to code.

A disgruntled employee tipped authorities to the alleged violations, Mitchell said. The county does not plan to assess fines, and Reckless will voluntarily shut down the second location.


Posted by Holly Wagner