If you read anything today, make it Industry Buzz. Here are the latest headlines:
- Woot, woot for the little guys! Jennifer Scism and David Koorits, founders of gourmet camp-food company Good To-Go, received Maine’s Small Business Manufacturer of the Year Award. The couple founded Good To-Go in 2014, and have since converted a small Cape house in Kittery, Maine, to a 4,000-square-foot cooking, manufacturing, and packaging facility that employs 17 people.
- Snowsports Industries America has a new initiative to tackle climate change, and they’ve brought on Chris Steinkamp, formerly of Protect Our Winters, to spearhead it. The climate-change initiative will launch in May, at which point more details will be released.
- 64. That's how many brands have recently joined Outdoor Industry Association. Every quarter, OIA highlights the newest members. This group includes KÜHL in Utah, Bobo's Oat Bars in Colorado, Helinox in California, Chargeurs Wool USA in South Carolina Grilllight in Arkansas, and many others.
- This Sunday, Backcountry Gearheads and PrAna are teaming up for a beach cleanup and to celebrate International Women's Surfing Day at Cardiff Seaside State Beach in California. The event is hosted by professional surfer Rob Machado's clean water foundation, which provides clean drinking water stations and water bottles to thousands of kids across California and Hawaii.
- VF Corporation completed its previously announced acquisition of Icebreaker, a privately held company based in Auckland, New Zealand. As a result of the transaction, Icebreaker has become a wholly owned subsidiary of VF Corporation. Terms of the agreement were not announced.
- This year, Big City Mountaineers—which provides under-resourced youth the opportunity to have transformative experiences in the outdoors—is celebrating sending the 10,000th student into the field. BCM also is recruiting donors to help contribute to a matched donation of up to $5,000. Find out more here.
- KEEN Footwear is on tour in Southern California showing college students—the next generation of innovators—a robot called the UNEEKBOT. It's been dubbed the world's smallest shoe factory because it's so compact it can fit in a trailer and make a shoe in 30 minutes.