Vibram USA acquires its sole manufacturer

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vibram-logoConcord, Mass. — Vibram USA has acquired North Brookfield, Mass.pased Quabaug Corp., the U.S. manufacturer and distributor of Vibram's rubber soling products since 1965. Terms of the deal were not made public. The combined entity will now do business as Quabaug Vibram Innovation, allowing Vibram to focus on developing and commercializing North American products.

Investment firm buys backcountry.com

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backcountry-logoSan Francisco, Calif. — Equity investment firm TSB Consumer Partners LLC has acquired online specialty retailer backcountry.com from Liberty Ventures Group. Backcountry founder Jim Holland will continue to own a stake in the company following the transaction, the terms of which were not disclosed.

Microban to launch apparel odor capture technology

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Microban logoHuntersville, N.C. — Microban International Ltd. plans to next month introduce Scentry, the company's first odor capture product platform for apparel and footwear. It is based on patent-pending technology, which reduces odor by 99 percent and lasts through more than 50 home launderings, according to a company news release.

OIA taps Amy Roberts as new executive director

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Outdoor Industry AssociationBoulder, Colo. — The Outdoor Industry Association has named Amy Roberts as its new executive director after conducting a nationwide search. She will begin her new position in late July. In the meantime, Steve Barker, OIA interim executive director and founder of Eagle Creek, will stay on for a few more months to ensure a smooth transition.

Mountain Hardwear president resigns, interim leader named

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Mountain HardwearRichmond, Calif. — Mountain Hardwear Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Columbia Sportswear Co., has named Scott Kerslake as interim brand president to replace Topher Gaylord, who resigned. Kerslake also will continue to serve as chief executive officer of another of Columbia Sportswear's brands, PrAna — a position he has held since 2009.

Patagonia leases more distribution space

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Patagonia WorksSparks, Nev. — Patagonia Works, a holding company started by Ventura, Calif.-based Patagonia, has leased 79,200 square feet of distribution space from Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Co. in a Sparks, Nev., industrial park. Reno, of which Sparks is a suburb, was already home to Patagonia's 171,000-square-foot main service and distribution center. The building received Gold Level Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certification through the U.S. Green Building Council. Patagonia also has an outlet store in Reno.

Craghoppers' U.S. sales rep dies

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Andrew LudwigKnoxville, Tenn. — Climbing enthusiast and Craghoppers sales representative Andrew James Ludwig, 25, died June 25 in Stevenson, Ala., while traveling for work. He is survived by his mother, Anita McDaniel, Normal, Ill.; brothers Spencer Ludwig, Fort Drug, N.Y.; and Wesley Ludwig, Chicago; sisters Dawn Muth, Farmer City, Ill.; Kari Anderson, Bloomington, Ill.; and Ashley Ludwig, St. Louis, Mo.

Restructuring firm buys Tilley Endurables

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alex-tilleyLondon, England — Hilco Capital, a London-based restructuring firm, has bought Canadian hat maker Tilley Endurables with plans to expand the brand into new markets globally. “Alex Tilley has built a great business and a very strong brand around a phenomenal product over the last 30 years," said Paul McGowan, chief officer of Hilco Capital. "We’re delighted to pick up the mantle and draw on Hilco Capital’s expertise and resources to grow the business further and take the Tilley Hat to new markets around the world.”

ColdPruf's growth spurs new warehouse

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ColdPruf warehouseYadinville, N.C. – Indera Mills, parent company of ColdPruf, is expanding its logistics capabilities with construction of a 50,000-square-foot warehouse. When completed in early August, it will complement the company's existing facilities. The new warehouse will allow ColdPruf to increase inventory and accommodate growth of the brand.