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CortezJournal.com – City Approves Land-for-Jobs Pact with Osprey – December 15, 2015

December 15, 2015
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The city of Cortez and Osprey Packs have agreed to a deal that provides the global backpack company with land for new headquarters if it adds 45 full-time jobs by 2021.

The contract was unanimously approved by the Cortez City Council on Tuesday, Dec. 8, after months of negotiations, said City Manager Shane Hale.

The plan includes transferring a $225,000, four-acre tract of land on the northwest corner of East Empire Street and Mildred Road to Osprey, and discounting the purchase price by $5,000 for every new employee the company hires. The agreement requires that each new hire receive an annual salary of nearly $34,000.

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CortezJournal.com and DoloresStar.com – Osprey’s Pfotenhauer is OutDoor Celeb of Year – July 27, 2015

July 27, 2015

Osprey Packs has announced that founder and designer Mike Pfotenhauer was named 2015 Celebrity of the Year at last week’s OutDoor show in Friedrichshafen, Germany.

Pfotenhauer is the 10th recipient of the annual award, known as the Outdoor Oscar. The coveted award celebrates an individual, who has made a special contribution to the outdoor industry.

“Mike is one of the most highly talented pack designers,” said award presenter Frank Wacker of Outdoor magazine. “Thanks to his vision, Osprey has gone from being a small high-end outfit to one of the most influential backpack brands in the world – a very impressive achievement.”

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CortezJournal.com – Osprey CEO: ‘Scrappiness’ Key – May 4, 2015

May 4, 2015

Osprey Packs’ decision to move its distribution center and 18 employees from Cortez to Ogden, Utah, last year caught many off guard, but as CEO Tom Barney explained to Montezuma County business and government leaders on April 29, it was a strategic decision that allowed it further invest the business’ growth overall and in its Cortez headquarters.

“Southwest Colorado is simply not a distribution hub for the U.S. We needed interstates, airports, FedEx,” said Barney at the annual Montezuma County Economic Development Association meeting.

The change positioned Osprey’s domestic fulfillment near the national rail network, which allowed the company to better fill shipments to its retailers in more environmentally friendly way. It also places distribution in a transportation hub while focusing most other company functions in Colorado…

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CortezJournal.com – Osprey Expanding Headquarters – February 16, 2015

February 16, 2015

Osprey Packs announced Feb. 10 its plans to expand the company’s headquarters in Cortez, a move that will create 14 new jobs.

The expanded corporate headquarters, slated to open in the second half of 2015, will offer “a creative work environment for Osprey Team members and allow for continued company growth,” according to a company press release.

Fourteen positions will be added to Osprey’s Cortez headquarters including increases to the sales, marketing, quality and returns and IT departments, the company said in a news release…

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CortezJournal.com -Osprey keeping HQ, expanding into Utah – June 22, 2014

June 22, 2014

Osprey Packs will be expanding its local headquarters and relocating its distribution center to Utah in 2015, the company announced last week.

“The decision to relocate our distribution function to a transportation hub, such as the Wasatch Front, is an exciting and necessary move for Osprey,” said Tom Barney, CEO of Osprey Packs, in a written statement. The Wasatch Front is the metropolitan area of Utah, which includes Salt Lake City.

The company has been growing rapidly in recent years and in 2006 the started adding supplemental warehouse space in and around Cortez, said Barney.

The company plans for the new consolidated distribution center, which will be staffed by 20 people, to open by mid-2015. Some staff members will be relocating from Colorado, and some will be hired in Utah…

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CortezJournal.com – Featuring Osprey Packs – January 14, 2014

January 14, 2014

In 1974, the Osprey was on the endangered species list. Mike Pfotenhauer recalled seeing it as a boy in the wilds of Wyoming. It was a unique bird. One he admired.

“Most of my competitors have named their companies after themselves,” said founder and lead designer of Osprey Packs. “I didn’t care to use my name, plus it’s quite difficult to spell.”

When he opened a retail backpack shop inside his Santa Cruz, Calif., rental home 40 years ago, Pfotenhauer said he never imagined Osprey would ever be much more than a cottage boutique. Now headquartered on a hilltop in Cortez, Osprey Packs, a global leader in manufacturing gear-carrying equipment, celebrates its Ruby Anniversary in 2014.

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