Granite Gear is thrilled to announce the hiring of Benjamin Landry as the company’s new Design & Development Manager. Joining the company with an impressive portfolio of industrial design experience in soft goods, Landry will spearhead the design team as they continue to refine and evolve the identity of Granite Gear.

Landry's experience ranges from sewing to product design at Mile High Mountaineering, Mystery Ranch and, most recently, Under Canvas. Combined with his past role as a Product Designer at Granite Gear, Landry's acquired skills made him the ideal hire for the position. Landry’s most important responsibility at Granite Gear will be to lead and manage the design and development of backpacks, packing systems, portage packs and travel gear – from concept to production.

“My experience as a Production Sewer and Repair Specialist at Mystery Ranch in conjunction with my previous design knowledge has really changed the way I look at the design and development process,” said Landry. “I’m looking forward to thoughtful innovation and clear communication with international partners along the way.”

As an avid user of outdoor gear for backpacking, skiing, climbing and fly fishing, Landry uses his talents to build gear for himself and others who value a quality outdoor experience.

“Ben’s united skill set, creativity and outdoor experience is exactly what we’ve been looking for to take Granite Gear to our next level in backpack and soft goods design,” said Rob Coughlin, VP of Sales & Marketing. “Ben knows our company values and many of our current business relationships and we’re confident he’ll do an outstanding job.”

Landry will move from Montana back to the Midwest, where he was born and raised, to work with Granite Gear. Swing by Granite Gear’s booth, #39069 UL, at Summer Outdoor Retailer to meet Ben Landry and the rest of the design team.

About Granite Gear

For 32 years,Granite Gear has brought cutting-edge products to the outdoor marketplace. Their award-winning backpacks, adventure travel gear, extensive variety of storage sacks, lifestyle accessories, and canoe gear offer excellence in design and construction. Granite Gear’s desire is for all outdoor enthusiasts and travelers to experience the incredible durability and comfort of their products. Located in Northern Minnesota, just minutes from the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness and the Superior Hiking Trail, they have a rugged and beautiful testing ground for their products. You can find out more about Granite Gear on theirsite,Facebook,Twitter,or Instagram. Learn about Granite Gear’s Grounds Keepers program here.

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