Ashland, Va. — Stegmann Clogs of Austria, which specializes in natural wool felt clogs, will be distributed through the U.S. this spring through Virginia-based AGS Footwear Group. AGS also owns and distributes water shoe and sandal brand Cudas Footwear, Superior Boot Co., and a private label footwear division.
Asheville, N.C. — Astral has hired Christie Dobson as VP of Sales and Marketing, where she will help drive growth for the aquatic safety and footwear brand. Previously, Dobson spent eight years as a sales rep for Patagonia, but she has known Astral CEO and Founder, Philip Curry, for 15 years. Dobson was the field marketing manager for Lotus Designs, Curry's first successful business.
Cortez, Colo. — Osprey will officially open the doors to its new distribution center in Odgen, Utah, at the end of this month. Warehousing and shipping will operate out of the new facility while the pack brand's company headquarters will remain in Cortez, along with its sales, customer service, marketing, finance and quality assurance departments.
Washington, D.C. — Outdoor recreation and conservation groups have voiced their support for proposed legislation that would boost trail maintenance at national parks and forests. The bill sets up a system for federal, state and local agencies to partner with nonprofit organizations, companies and other donors and volunteer groups to address the $134 million-worth of backlogged maintenance.
Silver Spring, Md. — Therm-a-Rest has partnered with the American Hiking Society to sponsor National Trails Day. Greg Miller, president of the American Hiking Society, said that the nonprofit organization will use the brand's sponsorship to raise awareness of the benefits of hiking, and work to conserve more parks and trails. National Trails Day, which will be Sat. June 6 this year, is aimed at inspiring people to explore their local trails. Activities range from hiking to horseback riding, and are often family-friendly. Many conservation organizations also use it as a trail-cleaning event.