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.
The House Ways and Means Committee has posted the Miscellaneous Trade and Technical Corrections act of 2010, a draft of a second Miscellaneous Tariff Bill (MTB) which passed this July. The new bill proposes to extend or create temporary duty relief for more than a dozen sporting goods products and hundreds of chemicals and other inputs.