Eagles Nest Outfitters (ENO) has reached a milestone achievement with 10 years in business and the purchase of a new building to house their general office and shipping facility in downtown Asheville, North Carolina. Within the last decade, the brand has grown from a two-man, one-van operation to a successful and recognizable brand, experiencing continued sales growth year over year since its inception. Recognizing a need to expand the size of their headquarters the founders, Pete and Paul Pinholster, have purchased a 17,500 sq. ft. building in the heart of downtown Asheville’s revitalization efforts on Buxton Avenue.
Confluence Watersports has added Bomber Gear to its group of paddlesports brands. Originally founded in Durango, Colorado, Bomber Gear is a paddlesports brand that specializes in the design of performance whitewater skirts and technical paddlesports apparel.
Keen Footwear has opened a small factory in Portland, Oregeon with plans to make a portion of its product in the U.S., further diversifying the company's future sourcing options. Keen joins the Portland manufacturing scene alongside LaCrosse Footwear, parent company of Danner boot company, who this past September expanded their operations by upgrading to a larger, more up-to-date factory.
Yakima has acquired New Zealand's Hubco Automotive, manufacturers of vehicle-top racks for the Australasia region. With this acquisition, Yakima will expand their lines of vehicle-top sport and cargo racks, bringing Hubco's Whispbar and Prorack products to the U.S. and international markets.
Less than a month ago, Outdoor USA reported on Deckers' suit against Bearpaw to stop the company's alleged copying of several Ugg boot designs. Now Deckers is suing Emu Australia for a similar case of trademark infringement. Deckers alleges that Emu and Bearpaw are using their designs to mislead customers into thinking they are purchasing genuine Uggs. Deckers is swiftly addressing companies they feel have copied their style by taking legal action in an attempt to strengthen the trust between the company and their consumers.
Grassroots Outdoor Alliance has recently added Scarpa as a partner, and has now welcomed Chaco as their newest addition. The sandal comany is trying to branch out into a four-season business, and with this new partnership with Grassroots they believe that can be achieved. Along with their new initiatives, Chaco will continue alongside GOA to support specialty retailers and charities that are important to both groups.
Patagonia announced it will open its first Canadian retail store in Toronto in the historic Gurney Stove Works building at 500 King Street West. The store will open for business on December 15.
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