180s, the cold weather performance accessories manufacturer, will be moving into the E.J. Codd building at 700 South Caroline Street in Baltimore. All of the company’s employees will be making the move to the new location. The historic E.J. Codd Company building dates back to the industrial age in 1852, and was recently renovated in 2004 by Struever Bros., Eccles and Rouse. The revitalized site is ideal for 180s due to its open floor plan, which offers a more collaborative space for employees.
Dorel Industries' cycling sports division Cannondale will strengthen its partnership with Liquigas Sports this coming January 1, as Cannondale will become the co-sponsor of the Liquigas Pro Cycling Team. For the past four years, the Pro team has been riding with Cannondale as their Technical Bike Sponsor.
3M is set to acquire Ross Reels, the Colorado-based fly fishing manufacturer. The details of the agreement were not disclosed, however it is expected that 3M intention is to expand their Scientific Anglers fly fishing line. Ross is well known as one of the top fly-reel manufacturers and its product line includes fly fishing outfits, reel outfits, rod cases, and fishing pliers.
Ibex has partnered with North Castle Partners, an equity firm concentrated on investments in consumer-driven product and service businesses that promote healthy living. This new relationship will be beneficial for Ibex, allowing them to manage and finance new marketing initiatives and multi-channel sales while drawing upon the experience of North Castle in the fitness and recreation industries. North Castle also has a controlling interest in Performance Bicycle, Octane Fitness, Cascade Helmets, and World Health.
Garmin has acquired MetriGear, inventor of innovative power solutions for cycling pedals. MetriGear’s Vector, for instance, measures the force applied to a cyclist's pedals to gauge performance. Garmin will provide their expertise in manufacturing, engineering and wireless to bring MetriGear to market.
Madshus ski company has selected Verde PR & Consulting to produce an integrated U.S. platform for the brand. Verde will be highlighting the company’s long history of Nordic skiing and educate all markets on skiing—from classic and skate to recreational. Representing a number of outdoor and ski brands, Verde PR fits well with Madshus and will bring the company to the next level in the U.S.
Chris Sports North America (CSNA), distributor of specialty ski brand Powderhorn, is moving to Colorado. With administrative offices in Lafayette and a warehousing/distribution center in Denver, the move comes with good reason because of the proximity to the mountains and to the company's largest retailer base. The national snowsports trade show in Denver also makes it easier to do business with associated companies in the region.