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