2017 American Made Outdoor Gear Award enters 5th season of recognizing Made in America excellence

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ARCATA, CALIFORNIA, (August 1, 2016) – – The American Made Outdoor Gear Award (AMOGA) is calling on domestic manufactures to submit their “made in America” stories for the 2017 American Made Outdoor Gear Awards. The annual award program, which celebrates domestic manufacturing in the outdoor industry, will begin accepting entries for the 2017 awards on Wednesday, August 3, 2016, the opening day of the Outdoor Retailer Summer Market in Salt Lake City, UT.

Founded by Kokatat, the paddlesports apparel and gear company known for its longstanding commitment to American manufacturing, the program is targeted to the outdoor industry and is open to all companies with a solid commitment to American manufacturing and sourcing that have a compelling story to tell.

The company with the best “made in America” story receives one-year ownership of the ‘Sassy’ travelling trophy -- a hand carved, redwood Sasquatch from Humboldt County, CA. Category winners receive miniature versions of the award and finalists and all entrants receive a certificate of participation. 

“We look forward to hearing and sharing the stories of amazing companies who are creating incredible goods in the U.S.,” said Jeff Turner, Kokatat sales manager.

Past keepers of ‘Sassy’ include Liberty Bottleworks (www.libertybottles.com) of Yakima, WA, Benchmade Knives (www.benchmade.com) of Portland, OR, Sterling Rope (www.sterlingrope.com) of Biddeford, ME, and current warden of the trophy Hyperlite Mountain Gear (www.hyperlitemountaingear.com) also of Biddeford, ME.

Beginning Wednesday August 3, applications for the 2017 AMOGA can be completed online at http://bit.ly/AMOGA2017. Applications must be completed by October 31, 2016.

Award finalists will be announced on Friday, November 25, 2016, and winners will be announced during an official “Sassy” presentation on January 11, 2017, day two of the 2017 Outdoor Retailer Winter Market in Salt Lake City, UT. 

For additional information on the American Made Outdoor Gear Award email pr@palemorning.com.

About the American Made Outdoor Gear Award:

Founded by Kokatat and shared with the Outdoor Industry, the American Made Outdoor Gear Award is a celebration of American manufacturing. First awarded in 2013, the American Made Outdoor Gear Award recognizes companies with compelling domestic manufacturing stories. Finalists are announced annually on Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, and the winners are announced on the second evening of the Outdoor Retailer Winter Market. The company with the best “made in America” story receives one-year ownership of the ‘Sassy’ travelling trophy -- a hand carved, 3-foot-tall, redwood Sasquatch from Humboldt County, Calif. Along with highlighting company stories, the program tracks domestic manufacturing trends and insights in the outdoor industry. Follow us on Twitter at @AMOGAward.

About Kokatat Inc.:

Kokatat has been manufacturing paddling gear in Arcata, California for 45 years. At a time when many technical apparel brands were moving manufacturing offshore, Kokatat continued to invest in infrastructure in the United States. Kokatat founder Steve O’Meara was committed to the development of the finest and driest paddling apparel in the world and recognized the need to control and continually evolve the development of our dry wear. In the early days, Kokatat worked closely with W.L. Gore & Associates, makers of GORE-TEX®, to refine the sewing and sealing techniques required for full immersion suits and tops. Today, our hands-on approach to manufacturing continues to set the standard in paddling apparel. Into the water with Kokatat! Learn more at www.kokatat.com.

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