It is with some sadness but also great excitement that we would like to announce the relocation of Mt. Baker Vapor from our birthplace of Bellingham, WA to a new home in Mesa, AZ. We are hoping to be fully operational at this new facility by Fall 2015. During this process we will strive to have zero downtime or interruptions to the normal ordering process at mtbakervapor.com.
While we love Washington and are thankful for the opportunity it has afforded us to grow this wonderful business, legislative pressure from Washington State has made it clear that they no longer offer a suitable environment for a growing business in the vaping industry. The Governor is currently sponsoring two bills (HB 1645 and HB 2211) that look to, among other things, ban online sales and impose enormous taxes on the sale of vapor products. You can find our previous coverage of the proposed vaping laws here.
These bills are a clear existential threat to our business. While they have not yet been passed, we cannot continue effective operations with the constant threat they present hanging over our head. Even if the bills did fail, Governor Inslee has another year left in office and has made it clear he will continue tormenting our industry. This situation, coupled with the potential that Mesa and the State of Arizona hold for allowing us to expand our manufacturing facilities, tap new markets, and diversify our business ventures, make this relocation a necessary endeavor.
For all our Washington customers and colleagues, please understand that we will continue to fight for the rights of all vapers and vendors in Washington. Our brick and mortar store located in Lynden will continue operation and we hope that our actions in leaving the State will help legislators realize that they should do everything possible to keep other tax-contributing businesses from leaving. However this is a battle we need to fight without the constant threat of legislation hanging over our head.
Again, we would like to make clear that we will strive to have ZERO downtime or interruptions to the normal ordering process while this relocation is occurring. Moving a company of our size is tough but we have some amazing employees working hard to make sure that throughout the relocation process we maintain the same level of excellence you have come to expect from our e-juices. Your e-juice will continue to be mixed the same day you order and shipped as quickly as possible. Our commitment to a quality product will always come first.
We would also like to let everyone know that if you are in the Mesa area and interested in working at Mt. Baker Vapor to keep an eye out for job openings in the coming months. While we would love to bring the whole crew from Washington, obviously many of our employees will not be able to make the trip with us. If this is an opportunity that interests you, we suggest you start brushing up on your vaping knowledge. You can also read descriptions of some of the jobs that will be opening up on our careers page.
Thank you all for everything you have done to make us the company we are today. We look forward to this exciting new chapter in our company’s history and hope that you will join us for the ride.
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