American Made Outdoor Gear Awards to be presented at Outdoor Retailer Winter Market

ARCATA, CALIFORNIA, (December 28, 2015) – Winners of the 2016 American Made Outdoor Gear Awards will be announced at a ceremony during the Outdoor Retailer Winter Market next week. The ceremony will be held in the Sterling Rope booth (16037) from 5 to 6pm on Day 2 of the trade show, Friday January 8, 2016.

The American Made Outdoor Gear Awards annually celebrates the stories of companies committed to American manufacturing and sourcing in the outdoor market. The winners will be selected from the list of finalists announced in November.

• Under 10 Employees:
o Cleverhood, Providence, RI – www.cleverhood.com
o Duckworth, Bozeman, MT – www.duckworthco.com
o Skida Headwear & Accessories, Burlington, VT – www.shopskida.com
o Sport Science, Oakton, VA – www.sportsciencewear.com
o ULA Equipment, Logan, UT – www.ula-equipment.com

• 10 to 50 Employees:
o DPS Skis, Salt Lake City, UT – www.dpsskis.com
o Hyperlite Mountain Gear, Biddeford, ME – www.hyperlitemountaingear.com
o Misty Mountain, Banner Elk, NC – www.mistymountain.com
o Peterboro Basket Company, Peterborough, NH – www.peterborobasket.com
o SMC – Seattle Manufacturing Corporation, Ferndale, WA – www.smcgear.com

• 50-100 Employees:
o Aerostich, Duluth, MN – www.aerostich.com
o ReChaco, Rockford, MI – www.chacos.com
o Timbuk2, San Francisco, CA – www.timbuk2.com
o Werner Paddles, Sultan, WA – www.wernerpaddles.com
o Wenonah Canoe, Inc., Winona, MN – www.wenonah.com

• 100+ Employees:
o Farm to Feet, Mt. Airy, NC – www.farmtofeet.com
o Jackson Kayak, Sparta, TN – www.jacksonkayak.com
o Princeton Tec, Trenton, NJ – www.princetontec.com
o Wigwam Mills, Inc., Sheboygan, WI – www.wigwam.com
o Wild Things Gear, Middletown, RI – www.wildthingsgear.com

The Grand Prize winner, selected from the category finalists, receives one-year ownership of ‘Sassy,’ a hand carved, 3-foot-tall, redwood Sasquatch from Humboldt County, CA. Category winners receive miniature versions of the award, and all entrants receive a certificate of participation.

The American Made Outdoor Gear Award was founded in 2013 by Kokatat, the paddlesports apparel and gear company known for its longstanding commitment to American manufacturing, to recognize the leaders in American made quality, craftsmanship and creativity in the outdoor world.

For additional information about the 2016 American Made Outdoor Gear Award visit www.americanmadeoutdoorgearawards.com. For more details about the program email michael@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 recognized at an awards ceremony during 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, CA -- and all category winners receive miniature versions of the award. Along with highlighting company stories, the program tracks domestic manufacturing trends and insights in the outdoor industry. Learn more at www.americanmadeoutdoorgearawards.com and follow us on Twitter at @AMOGAward.

About Kokatat Inc.:
Kokatat has been manufacturing paddling gear in Arcata, California for more than 40 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! Please visit www.kokatat.com and follow Kokatat on Facebook, Instagram @kokatatusa and Twitter “@kokatat”.

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