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.
Squaw Valley USA, a ski resort located on the California-side of Lake Tahoe, has agreed to sell to a Denver-based investment firm.
Squaw Valley President and CEO Andy Wirth told The Associated Press that KSL Capital Partners has agreed to acquire the majority of the shares of the Squaw Valley Development Company in a deal that includes the resort's ski operations, the Village at Squaw Valley and related real estate holdings. KSL has pledged $50 million in improvements over the next three to five years as part of the agreement. Wirth will remain in the position he assumed in August as president and CEO.
180s, maker of outdoor accessories and apparel, has filed suit in the United States District Court for the District of Maryland against Brookstone for infringement of patents regarding the behind-the-head 180s Ear Warmer.
GE has announced that its eVent fabrics will now be available for customers to brand as their own. The change puts the customer’s label on the outside with eVent technology on the inside. For entrepreneurial brands, this offers a new design freedom.
Mountain Hardwear has chosen to partner with GE for the launch of its proprietary collection of Dry Q waterproof-breathable apparel, debuting for Fall 2011, because of the proven performance of GE’s membrane technology and the flexibility it brings to the internal design process.
Mountain Hardwear has unveiled Dry Q, its new family of waterproof-breathable technologies for their Fall 2011 line.
Dry Q Elite, the flagship technology in the family, is featured in the brand’s Alpine, Snowear and Mountain categories. Unlike traditional waterproof-breathable systems that void internally-generated moisture when the wearer overheats or feels wet, Dry Q Elite is designed to breathe instantly, allowing air and moisture to pass outward through the fabric before overheating and sweat saturation occur.
K2 has licensed Planet Earth Clothing to Phil Dixon of Montreal. Dixon, who operates W.L. Activewear, has been in the sporting goods apparel business for 30 years and has worked with K2 as a former Liquid apparel licensee, which he acquired in 2009.
The Thule Group has acquired TracRac, a Massachusetts-based manufacturer of branded truck racks and accessories.
Thule Group said the acquisition is fully in line with its overall strategy to further increase their presence in transporting equipment for professional tradesman as well as for private use in different outdoor segments. The acquisition will complement the group's current UWS and DeWalt branded products designed for the professional contractor segment.
Deckers Outdoor, parent company of Teva, Simple Shoes, etc., has filed suit in a U.S. District Court in the Central District of California against Tom Romeo and Romeo & Juliette DBA as Bearpaw. Deckers seeks a court order to stop Bearpaw from copying the trade dress design of several Ugg boots. They claim Bearpaw is misleading consumers and creating significant brand confusion by repeatedly copying Ugg's designs.