SGB Outdoor – SportsOneSource.com – Osprey Packs Utah Distribution Center to Open This Month – March 19, 2015
Osprey Packs Inc. said its new distribution center is set to open in Ogden, Utah later this month. While Osprey company headquarters, which includes sales, customer service, marketing, finance, quality assurance, and other core functions, will remain in Cortez, CO, warehousing and shipping functions will operate out of the new Ogden facility.
“As a Colorado-based brand, we have long felt a kinship with Utah, a neighboring state with strong recreational values and the host of Outdoor Retailer trade show,” said Kenny Ballard, COO of Osprey Packs. “After a thorough study of several potential locations, Ogden rose to the top as our number one choice for Osprey’s new distribution center. We are excited to join this vibrant community and welcome new team members to the Osprey family.”
Osprey Packs is proud to announced that Osprey Retail Marketing Manager Sarah Harper Burke received Outdoor Industries Women’s Coalition First Ascent Award for leadership.
The First Ascent Award recognizes a woman in the industry who demonstrates strong potential for leadership and career advancement as well as a commitment to OIWC and the industry as a whole. Harper Burke received the award last week at OIWC Keynote and Awards Presentation at Outdoor Retailer in Salt Lake City.
“This award is very special to me however this award is much bigger than just me,” said Harper Burke. “It is about the future health of our industry. It is about celebrating women in the workplace. Most of all, this award is about change and building a better, stronger business practice for all of us.”
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…
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.