Industry headlines: Intriguing reads from around the web

MEC sale finalized: Kingswood Capital Management, a U.S. investment firm, has completed its acquisition of Mountain Equipment Co-op despite a large grassroots effort to save the struggling retailer.

Voting to protect the outdoors: Data suggests that outdoor enthusiasts are turning out in record numbers to vote, driven by a desire to protect public lands and slow climate change. [Inside Climate News]

Free national park entry: Vets, Gold Star families, and 5th graders will get free entry into national parks on November 11 for Veterans Day. [USA Today]

An invitation to ConnectHub: Grassroots Outdoor Alliance is encouraging specialty vendors and independent retailers to join ConnectHub for fall buying support.

Pocket Outdoor Media expands: SNEWS’ parent company has acquired FinisherPix, a sports photography company, and all assets of Paleo Magazine. [BRAIN]

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Reggie Miller leaves VF: The former VP of global inclusion and diversity at VF Corporation has taken a new role as chief DEI officer at McDonald's.

Pandemic pivot: To deal with coronavirus-related challenges, prAna has opted not to use photography for the unveiling of its newest line. The replacement? Watercolor paintings.

Ethical bankingThe Conservation Alliance has ended its business with longtime financial partner Bank of America, divesting all funds over concerns about the bank's lack of environmental commitment.

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