Osprey Packs Inc, a leader in creating top quality, high-performance, innovative packs to comfortably and efficiently carry gear, today was named to Outside Magazine’s fifth annual “Best Places to Work” list. Osprey was ranked No. 76 out of 100 selected companies. Profiles of the top-ten-performing small, medium, and large companies will be published in the September issue of Outside magazine, available on newsstands August 14, 2012. The full list of 100 will be available August 2 at outsideonline.com.
Outdoor Industry Association – Osprey Helps Travelers Handle Life on the Road with New Contrail Series for Fall 2012 – January 16th, 2012
“The Contrail Series is the complete package, with great looks, incredible durability, innovative organizational features and multiple sizes for every travel need,” said Gareth Martins, marketing director of Osprey. “And with our new Handle-It system, there’s no more struggling with your luggage and carryon bag while navigating through the airport. “
The collection includes two rollers, the Contrail 22”/46L and Contrail 28”/75L, both of which include the FlightLocker™ and LaundryBag™ -removable components to keep contents organized. The Contrail collection also includes three companion bags – Contrail Day, Contrail Courier and Contrail Tote – that attach to the rollers with Osprey’s innovative new Handle-It system.
Outdoor Industry Association – Osprey Lightens the Load with New Ultra-Light Ozone Series for Fall 2012 – January 11th, 2012
Built on Osprey’s new HighRoad™ LT chassis, which is 20 percent lighter than the original HighRoad™ chassis, Ozone offers a full-featured package with excellent roll, rugged performance and multiple organizational features. The Ozone Series includes three sizes: 28”/80L for extended trips and gear hauling, 22”/46L for general carry-on and 18”/36L for international carry-on.
Outdoor Industry News – Osprey Packs Makes the Cut for Outside Magazine’s “Best Places to Work” List for Fourth Consecutive Year – August 12, 2011
Osprey Packs, Inc., a leader in creating top-quality, high-performance, innovative packs to comfortably and efficiently carry gear, today was named to Outside magazine’s fourth annual “Best Places to Work” list. Osprey was ranked number 29 out of 50 selected companies, and is one of only five companies to be chosen every year of the award. The full list and related story will be published in the September issue of Outside magazine, available on newsstands on August 16, 2011.
Outside’s “Best Places to Work” project celebrates the innovative companies setting a new standard for a healthy work-life balance. The list was compiled with the help of the Outdoor Industry Association and Best Companies Group. The year-long selection process began with an outreach effort that identified a wide range of non-profit and for-profit organizations with at least 15 employees working in the United States. Participating companies were then sent confidential employee-satisfaction surveys and employer-questionnaires to collect information about benefits, compensation, policies, job satisfaction, environmental initiatives, and community outreach programs.
Outdoor Industry News – Outdoor Retailer Upbeat and Setting Records Despite Market Turmoil – August 10th, 2011
At our Thursday and Friday night dinners we toasted our guests and
said that despite the market being down 500 points we have a lot to be
happy for,” said Tom Barney, member of the OIA Board of Directors and
CEO for Osprey Packs, which has added 13 employees this year to
support its growth. “We almost matched our total Spring/Summer 2011
business before the show. We heard more news of store expansions than
we have at any show. We are in growth mode.
Osprey Packs, Inc., a leader in creating top-quality, high-performance, innovative packs, announced today that Kyle Bezanson of KB Sales Group has joined the company’s bike rep force. Kyle will take over the Northern California territory that was vacated by Robert Wilkins of KW Sales when Robert took a full time factory sales position with Orbea Bicycles and Orca Clothing.
“We were saddened by Robert’s departure. He is a very professional and trusted sales rep who was part of our initial focus group before we made the entry into the bike market and he will be missed,” said Osprey Bike Sales Manager Patrick Piller. “However, Kyle is a strong brand builder and we are excited about the focus and enthusiasm he brings into this territory.”
Kyle has been an independent sales rep in Northern California for 17 years representing brands such as SIDI, Gore Bike and Run Wear, Tifosi Optics and Rolf Prima Wheels. Kyle will be servicing Osprey in a territory from San Luis Obispo north to Tahoe, CA and the Sparks/Reno NV area.
“Osprey is an excellent fit for my agency,” said Bezanson. “The brand continues to innovate, produce and expand its product mix for the ever changing and demanding category that is cycling. I look forward to the challenges and opportunities that lay ahead.”
Outdoor Industry Association – Osprey Packs Announces new Product Line Manager Erik Hamerschlag – April 27, 2011
Osprey Packs, Inc., a leader in creating top-quality, high-performance, innovative packs, announced today that Erik Hamerschlag has been named their new product line manager, effective immediately. He is rejoining Osprey, where he held several leadership positions from 1994 through 2001, after nine years with Mountain Hardwear, Inc.
During his first tenure with Osprey, Hamerschlag was instrumental in establishing the brand as an innovative technical pack company. He joined Osprey in 1994 as business manager and over the next seven years helped guide it through a tremendous growth period in which sales more than doubled and the employee count grew by over fifty percent. He became marketing manager in 1996, and served as CEO from 1999 through 2001.
After leaving Osprey, Hamerschlag spent nine years with Mountain Hardwear as product manager, guiding product strategy and managing design and development processes for a diverse range of products, including backpacks, sleeping bags, tents, gloves and gaiters.
As Osprey product line manager, Hamerschlag is responsible for collaborating with the company’s highly creative design team to identify market opportunities and create innovative, successful products. He will be based out of Osprey’s design studio in Mill Valley, California, with several trips per year to the Osprey headquarters in Cortez, Co and the company’s product development office in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.
On May 3, 2011, 200 young people attending the Whitehorse High School in Montezuma Creek on the Navajo Nation will be given their bikes at the “Moment of Happy.” As part of the endowment, they will also receive the training to maintain them, and have the opportunity to take a guided bike tour with Osprey team members through the southwest desert.
Additionally, 88bikes will unveil their first sustainable 88bikeshop, made entirely from locally-foraged materials, including the hoods of junked cars. Portable and elegant, with ample workspace for workshops and clinics, it will be located in Montezuma Creek.
“We are very grateful to Osprey for their continued support of our mission and of the children of the Navajo Nation,” said Dan Austin, co-founder of 88bikes. “We can’t wait for Osprey team members and the kids of Montezuma Creek to hop on their bikes and head off for a ride together!”
Outdoor Industry Association – Osprey Extends its Support of 88bikes Foundation and its Work with the Navajo Nation – April 19, 2011
Osprey Packs, Inc. has announced their continued support of the nonprofit 88bikes, a micro-philanthropy project that gives bikes to kids in developing countries, and their upcoming endowment of 200 bikes and a sustainable bike shop to the Navajo Nation.
Osprey first pledged their support for 88bikes in 2010, when they raised $2500 for the Navajo endowment through sales of their cycling-specific Raptor hydration packs at Interbike Dirt Demo, with 100 percent of the proceeds going to 88bikes.
In 2011, Osprey plans to repeat their successful fundraiser at the Interbike Dirt Demo. In addition, Osprey will recruit employees and friends to volunteer at repair and maintenance clinics for the bike recipients, and help lead the kids on a local bike tour. Additionally, they will help launch 88bikes’ first sustainable bike shop, to be located in the Navajo Nation.
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