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Jeff Townsend is a Bakersfield native, as well as a leading designer and manufacturer of custom-made, knee-related orthotic products. Townsend Design has a state-of-the-art, 50,000 square foot manufacturing facility in Bakersfield that supplies clients across the entire U.S. as well as 15 countries around the world.

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• One of Bakersfield’s own, Jeff Townsend, has built a dynamic, cutting-edge company headquartered in Bakersfield after studying Bio-Mechanics, Kinesiology at UCLA, and attending Northwestern University for Orthotics and Prosthetics.

• After returning to Bakersfield, Jeff founded Townsend Design in 1983, when he successfully tested his first brace on L.A. Lakers forward, Mitch Kupchak. Today, Townsend Design is a leading provider of custom-made, knee-related orthotic products.

• The patented hinge motion of Townsend’s products are revolutionary as they are the closest replication of the anatomical motion of the knee.

• Townsend Design employs more than 125 people at its 50,000 square foot manufacturing plant.

• Meadows Field Airport comes in handy for Townsend Design’s sales force which has clients all over the United States and in 15 countries around the world.

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“A portrait of Jeff Townsend holding one of his famous knee braces.”

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“A close up portrait of Jeff Townsend.”

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“Employees put the finishing touches on braces.”

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“Jeff uses an instrument to measure the hinge of a brace.”

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“Jeff meets with Steve Knecht, an engineer, to discuss a design.”

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“Another shot of Jeff and Steve as they review CAD designs.”

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