R&R brand BMX Racing Products was one of the early USA `real` manufacturers. Howie met with Rick and his father (the founders of the company) in January 1977 at their North Hollywood, CA facility to discuss various business possibilities. At the time, R&R and White Lighting (founded by Rick Ankrom) were sharing the facility (office, factory space & equipment). R&R`s plan was to develop a line of BMX bikes & related products and sell directly to Bicycle Dealers. Sandy Finkelman (Wheels `N Things), Bruce Varner, Gary Varner and Larry Curry were planned to be employees of the company. Found this link with good info..