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  • Peter Metcalf, the CEO of Black Diamond, hangs off the forging equipment.

    Peter Metcalf, the CEO of Black Diamond, hangs off the forging equipment.

  • A worker moves large sheets of steel to be cut.

    A worker moves large sheets of steel to be cut.

  • The laser used to slice out cramp-ons.

    The laser used to slice out cramp-ons.

  • A worker makes carabiners on a cold forge machine.

    A worker makes carabiners on a cold forge machine.

  • Unfinished carabiners sit next to a grinding machine, where they will be de-burred.

    Unfinished carabiners sit next to a grinding machine, where they will be de-burred.

  • Carabiners get a cleaner look in the "tumble and polish" machine.

    Carabiners get a cleaner look in the "tumble and polish" machine.

  • A worker pulls product out of the "tumble and polish" machine.

    A worker pulls product out of the "tumble and polish" machine.

  • Carabiners come off the hot forge line.

    Carabiners come off the hot forge line.

  • The finished product.

    Photo: Michael Kelley

    The finished product.

    The finished product.

  • Chris Grove, BD's "minister of culture", hangs near a doorway to the warehouse.

    Chris Grove, BD's "minister of culture", hangs near a doorway to the warehouse.

  • Bill Belcourt, the director of climbing product, sits above the factory floor with an ice axe.

    Bill Belcourt, the director of climbing product, sits above the factory floor with an ice axe.

  • Newly minted ice screws.

    Photo: Michael Kelley

    Newly minted ice screws.

    Newly minted ice screws.

  • The design team headed by David Mellon, the vp of product development, talks about a new boot.

    The design team headed by David Mellon, the vp of product development, talks about a new boot.

  • The "Factor" boot gets put to the test in the "Rosenflexor" machine.

    The "Factor" boot gets put to the test in the "Rosenflexor" machine.

  • Black Diamond demo skis wait for employees to take them out.

    Black Diamond demo skis wait for employees to take them out.

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