Did you hear?... Confluence to aquire Whetstone Inc.

Confluence Watersports announced it has reached an initial agreement to acquire Whetstone Inc, a manufacturer of carbon fiber paddles designed for touring and whitewater use.

Confluence Watersports announced it has reached an initial agreement to acquire Whetstone Inc, a manufacturer of carbon fiber paddles designed for touring and whitewater use. Once acquired, Whetsone paddles, until now distributed directly, will be sold only through Confluence retailers and dealers and rebranded within the Confluence family. Whetsone owner William Carpenter will join the Confluence design team working on development and production of touring and whitewater paddles. The factory will remain in South Carolina for now, and no layoffs are planned, the company announced.


Confluence deal to acquire Whetstone falls apart

Confluence Watersports' deal to acquire Whetstone Inc., a manufacturer of carbon finger paddles designed for touring and whitewater, fell apart, barely more than a month after the initial agreement was announced. According to sources at Confluence, the deal had been tentatively ...read more

Did you hear?... Medlin ousted at Confluence

Bill Medlin is no longer the CEO of Confluence Watersports following a 4 p.m. decision Monday to oust him. This decision comes only five days after Confluence was forced by the company's new majority owner, American Capital Strategies (ACS), to eliminate approximately 30 percent ...read more

Outdoor: Did you hear?...

>> Confluence Watersports has announced that the company has been granted patent number 6,736,084 for the company's Phase3 Outfitting seating system that company engineers developed in 2001. Phase3 incorporates an adjustable thigh support system that reduces leg fatigue and keeps ...read more

Did you hear?... Confluence Canada has a new manager

Confluence Canada, the subsidiary of North Carolina-based Confluence Watersports Company, has a new general manager. James Malcolm was on the job at Summer Market. He was hired after a year-long search, said Confluence Canada President Harrie Tieken, who will now have more time ...read more

Did you hear?... American Whitewater will receive unrestricted funds from Confluence

American Whitewater will be receiving $11,000 in unrestricted funds from corporate sponsor Confluence to support American Whitewater’s conservation and access efforts. Confluence joins Patagonia, Immersion Research, the Nantahala Outdoor Center, Watershed, Werner, Mountain Surf ...read more

Outdoor: Did you hear?...

>> Now here's something you don't hear everyday -- company owners relocating to another country but still running the company back home. The owners of Osprey Packs, Mike Pfotenhauer and Diane Wren, have rented their house in Dolores, Colo., and are relocating to Ho Chi Minh City ...read more

Outdoor: Did you hear?...

>> GearTrends.com, the sister website of SNEWSnet.com, and one of the family of products owned by SNEWS LLC, is garnering serious attention among trade and consumer visitors. In March, the site saw over 20,000 unique visitors who, in turn, viewed over 103,000 pages. One of the ...read more

Outdoor: Did You Hear?...

>> Indigo Equipment has hired the company's first official employee -- not counting owner/operators of course. Kristen Simpson has joined the team as the company's product manager and the sales/marketing assistant. Based out of Indigo's Jackson Hole office, Simpson is a former ...read more

Outdoor: Did you hear?...

>> Mike Egeck, president of The North Face, has been named president of Outdoor - North America by parent company VF Corp. In his new role, Egeck will oversee VF's Outdoor Coalition companies -- The North Face, Jansport and Eastpak -- and its recent acquisitions Vans and ...read more