Did you hear?... Robins explains decision to manufacture Harmony paddles in Mexico

When calls began filtering in to the SNEWS® offices wondering about why Harmony paddles are now being made in Mexico, we got on the phone to Duncan Robins, head of WaterMark's Gear division located in Arcata, Calif.

When calls began filtering in to the SNEWS® offices wondering about why Harmony paddles are now being made in Mexico, we got on the phone to Duncan Robins, head of WaterMark's Gear division located in Arcata, Calif. -- Yakima racks, Earliest Explorers bike trailers, joggers and trailer bikes, the Sospenders line of personal flotation devices, and the Harmony line of paddlesports accessories. Robins told us, "We have built up one of the best factories in North America for making hardgoods, including metals, plastics and assembly and as a result we are able to design and manufacture better product there." Yakima established the factory in 1996 in Tijuana in Baja California and currently manufactures racks, Yakima snowshoes, and now Harmony paddles and paddlesport accessories there. Impressively, that factory carries Ford's highest quality standard, Q1, and Yakima has received the QS9000 international standard awarded for quality control and other standards from stringent independent auditing which included the Baja factory. Robins told us the factory in Baja is also working toward earning an ISO 14,000 standard -- an environmental standard that very few companies in the world have earned. Added Robins, "I think everyone in the industry felt we were better at boats than paddles, so this is a move to raise our quality standards. We expect that once we work out the wrinkles, our dealers will be able to order quality product that is in stock, in season, on time -- all the time."


Duncan Robins returns to market with Boldt

Duncan Robins, the former CEO of Yakima Product who was sacked by Watermark on June 4, 2002, has launched his own Arcata, Calif.-based, company, Boldt. Boldt will introduce two product lines at the upcoming Outdoor Retailer Summer Market: "drink.SAFE" hydration systems and ...read more

Outdoor: Did you hear?...

>> Last week, Columbia Sportswear joined forces with authorities in Kuala Lumpur to raid three Malaysian Factory Outlet Stores selling counterfeit Columbia Sportswear apparel, seizing more than 1,400 counterfeit shirts and pants using Columbia labels. The raids took place ...read more

Did you hear?... Yakima now operating under corporate title of Watermark

Don't be confused by the new name on your invoice or emails. Beginning this month, Yakima began operating under the corporate title of Watermark, the corporation that purchased Yakima in August of 2001. The new consolidated Watermark entity includes Yakima, Perception, Dagger, ...read more

Did you hear?... WaterMark acquires Rhode Gear

Just in time for the Interbike Show, WaterMark acquired car rack and cycling accessories company, Rhode Gear, from Bell Sports. Rhode Gear will become part of the newly formed WaterMark Gear division headed by Duncan Robins and located in Arcata, Calif. That group includes Yakima ...read more

Outdoor: Did you hear?...

>> Patagonia has been named one of the top 50 Best Small & Medium Companies to Work for in America. The list was made public on June 28 before 12,000 human resource (HR) professionals at the Society for Human Resource Management’s (SHRM) 56th Annual Conference & Exposition in New ...read more

Outdoor: Did you hear?...

>> Thanks to a press leak (damn those inquisitive press folks!), Deal.com broke the news that J.P. Morgan & Co. had begun shopping Marmot for a reported $125 million figure. Insiders have told SNEWS® that they doubt Marmot will go at the current asking price as it far exceeds the ...read more

WaterMark and Duncan Robins Part Ways, Rep Network Restructured

Duncan Robins, formerly president of WaterMark's gear division, has left the company, according to a June 4 company statement, "to pursue other interests, as he has successfully completed his goal of overseeing WaterMark's smooth transition of Yakima."The statement explained ...read more

Outdoor: Did you hear?…

For the week of June 14-20 >> The Access Fund is anointing September as Adopt-a-Crag month and encouraging cleanup and fund-raising events all across the country. In the five years since the inception of Adopt-a-Crag, climbers around the country have built and restored thousands ...read more

Outdoor: Did you hear?...

>> If you haven't seen it yet, click on the following link (http://slate.msn.com/id/2085417/) to read a less than flattering piece reviewing Gore-Tex performance published online in Slate magazine on MSN. The piece starts off with, "I've seen people swear by Gore-Tex like it's ...read more