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Growing Up Fast

From flooring to furnishings to T-shirts, bamboo products are catching on.

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This story appears in the February 2007 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

When skateboard-maker Sector 9 in San Diego decided to add a couple of bamboo skateboards to its product lineup, company managers thought they might appeal to a few environmentally conscious customers. But in less than two years, customer demand led the company to expand the line to four models, Sector 9 vice president and co-founder Dennis Telfer, 37, reports.

At press time, sales for the bamboo boards were projected to top $1 million in 2006. The bamboo skateboards are popular not only because they save trees, but also because "the boards are really durable and they've got a different look," says Telfer, who co-founded the business with Steve Lake, 38, and Dave Klimkiewicz, 36.

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