DAYTON, Ohio — Entrepreneurs in the Wright Brothers’ Ohio hometown are counting on the names of the aviation pioneers to help generate profits — and raise money to help support local historical sites.
Last year, Wright Brothers USA of Dayton became the first business to license retail goods in the name of the Wright Brothers. That started with the blessing of Amanda Wright-Lane, great-grandniece of the Wright brothers, and her brother Stephen Wright.
The company is now using an international website to sell American-made bicycles, aviation jackets, sunglasses and more, according to the Dayton Daily News. American-made bikes and watches under the brand were offered by Michigan’s Shinola last year. Those quickly sold out.