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Outdoor Business Update – Osprey Packs Teams with IMBA to Fund Four Grants – October 22, 2014

October 22, 2014

Osprey Packs Inc.  has awarded four cash grants through the International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA) “Let’s Build Trails” Program to support the growth of recreational mountain biking in the United States.

The grant recipients include:

  • Central Illinois Trails Association (Chatham, IL)
  • Team Dirt (Corvallis, OR)
  • South Alabama Mountain Bike Association (Mobile, AL)
  • Southern Kettle Moraine Chapter of IMBA (Whitewater, WI)

“It is very rewarding to work with IMBA in providing trail grants to grass roots mountain bike organizations who are working hard to maintain and improve recreational cycling opportunities in their communities,” said Jeff Fox, Bike Marketing Manager for Osprey.

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Outdoor Business Update – Osprey Packs to Celebrate 40th Anniversary at Outdoor Retailer – July 31, 2014

July 31, 2014

Osprey Packs, Inc. will celebrate its 40th anniversary at the upcoming Outdoor Retailer show in Salt Lake City along with continued accolades for the documentary film, “Osprey Packs – Forty Years in the Making”, tracing the history of the brand.

What started out as a small shop selling custom packs designed by Mike Pfotenhauer in Santa Cruz, CA has grown, over the past four decades, into the industry-leading manufacturer of top-quality innovative packs sold in over 60 countries. As the head designer, each and every pack, passes through Pfotenhauer’s hands, representing the unbreakable thread that makes Osprey a company like no other.
Today, Osprey is still independently owned with product offerings that have grown to include best-in-class packs and accessories for backpacking, cycling, hydration, snow, climbing, urban/commute, travel and kids. Osprey’s All Mighty Guarantee backs the brand’s unrelenting dedication to superior quality, design and craftsmanship. With this guarantee, Osprey will repair for any reason, free of charge, any damage or defect in their product – whether it was purchased in 1974 or yesterday. If Osprey is unable to perform a functional repair on the pack, they will happily replace it…

Outdoor Business Update – Osprey Packs Adds Midwest Rep – July 9, 2014

July 9, 2014

Osprey Packs Inc. has added Motion Representation to its bike market sales team in the Midwest.

Founded in 2012 by industry veteran Dennis Porter, Motion seeks to provide its brands with the best coverage in a territory that spans from Wisconsin to Iowa, Minnesota, the Dakotas, Nebraska and Missouri. With three reps on the ground: Dennis Porter, Nick Grigsby and Pat O’Neill, Motion represents numerous strong bike brands including: Pivot Cycles, NiteRider, Louis Garneau, GU, and Motorex.

“Dennis is a true professional who brings years of experience in the bike channel to the table,” said Patrick Piller, Osprey’s bike sales manager. “Osprey’s continued success in this segment will be complimented by Motion Representation’s energy and established connections within the industry. We’re thrilled to add Dennis, Nick and Pat to the Osprey family.”

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Outdoor Business Update – Osprey to Relocate DC to Wasatch Front by mid-2015 – June 12, 2014

June 12, 2014

Osprey Packs, Inc. will move its distribution operations from its home town of Cortez, CO to Utah’s Wasatch Front next year. While Osprey company headquarters, which includes sales, customer service, marketing, finance, quality assurance, returns and other core functions, will remain in Cortez, warehousing and shipping will relocate to Utah by mid–2015.

This move positions Osprey’s U.S. distribution center near the national rail network, which will allow the company to provide better service to the brand’s retailer base and significantly reduce the company’s carbon footprint. The company currently receives and distributes by truck…

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Outdoor Business Update – Osprey Appoints Kenny Ballard as Chief Operating Officer – April 28, 2014

April 28, 2014

Osprey Packs, Inc. announced that outdoor industry veteran Kenny Ballard has joined the company in the newly created role of chief operating officer. As COO, Ballard will head up Osprey Packs operations, IT, purchasing, quality and returns as well as human resources.

“Osprey Packs is very excited to welcome Kenny to our company,” said Tom Barney, CEO of Osprey Packs. “Filling the COO role completes Osprey’s Executive Team and will help provide Osprey and our customers further critical internal support. Kenny possesses the experience and energy necessary to be successful as our COO and contribute to Osprey’s leadership and future growth.”

Ballard is a well-respected leader in the industry, having served as President of Boulder Outdoor Specialty Group (BOSG) that includes Kelty, Sierra Designs, Slumberjack and Wenger camping. Most recently, Ballard headed up Kenny Ballard Consulting which is a multi-channel brand, sales, marketing, product and management consulting firm.

“As a longtime admirer of the Osprey brand, I am honored to be a part of this passionate and accomplished team,” said Ballard. “I look forward to being a part of the brand’s future in this strategic role.”

Next month, Ballard and his family will relocate to beautiful SW Colorado, home to Osprey corporate headquarters.

Independent, celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2014, and still anchored by the design genius of company founder and owner, Mike Pfotenhauer, Osprey Packs makes packs and bags designed to help adventurers enjoy their outdoor, biking and travel pursuits.

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Outdoor Business Update – Osprey Packs Donated to Storm Victims and Clean-Up Workers – November 19, 2012

November 19, 2012

Osprey Packs, Inc. donated assorted technical backpacks worth $4,300 to the Humanitarian International Services Group to help with its clean up efforts in the wake of Superstorm Sandy.

HISG is a New York state non-profit that specializes in funneling private sector resources to for-profit and non-for-profit organizations involved in crisis response and developmental initiatives. The donated packs will be filled with supplies by HISG and delivered to displaced survivors, many of whom have lost their homes and personal belongings. The Osprey backpacks will also be used by “muckers” to carry equipment during the clean-up and rebuilding process.

“These packs from Osprey are exactly what assessments teams in the disaster zone have been requesting. They will meet an acute need in HISG’s response to Superstorm Sandy,” says HISG Director of International Disaster Response, David Bopp. “Osprey Packs has demonstrated once again how much we can accomplish when we work together to respond. Thanks to their leadership team for recognizing how they could fill a need and for making it happen so quickly.”

“Superstorm Sandy was an environmental catastrophe that displaced thousands and Osprey is proud to be able to provide this donation to aid on-the-ground clean-up efforts,” says Sam Mix, outdoor marketing manager at Osprey. “We wish a safe and speedy recovery to all those affected and it is our hope that this donation of packs will contribute to the very big efforts of the HISG in some small way.”

With so much assistance still needed, Osprey encourages Outdoor Industry partners to provide help where they can. For more information on how to assist in the effort, contact HISG’s David Bopp at dbopp@hisg.org or (303) 807-0852.

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