Seattle, U.S.A. – Cascade Designs, the Seattle-based outdoor industry leader in the design and manufacture of premier outdoor equipment, is pleased to announce the promotion of Phil Hitch to Director of Product Development. Hitch will manage and guide the team responsible for product development under the MSR®, Therm-a-Rest®, Platypus®, SealLine® and Tracks® brands through ideation, development and into commercialization.
A thirteen-year veteran engineer at Cascade Designs, Hitch most recently served as the Product Development Supervisor for the company’s VARILITE® medical division. He has been a key player in the engineering and development of successful products such as the MSR SuperFly™ and SimmerLite™ stoves, IsoPro™ fuel and Therm-a-Rest technology-based medical products such as the Icon™ Back System and the Reflex™ Seating System.
“Phil brings a well-rounded set of skills to this position, and is steeped in the Cascade Designs culture that focuses on developing and manufacturing useful, innovative, quality outdoor products,” said Ken Meidell, Vice-President of Sales, Marketing and Product Development at Cascade Designs. “He’s also a dedicated user of the products, so he brings the most important perspective to the process which is that of the customer.”
Hitch holds a Mechanical Engineering degree from Michigan Technological University and in his free time enjoys cycling, hiking, camping, snowboarding, snowshoeing, playing guitars and riding vintage motorcycles.
About Cascade Designs, Inc.
For nearly forty years, Seattle-based Cascade Designs, Inc. has led the outdoor industry in designing innovative, useful and long-lasting equipment, manufacturing the majority of products in their Seattle, U.S.A. and Cork, Ireland facilities. From the original self-inflating Therm-a-Rest® camping mattress to the first multi-fuel stove, Cascade Designs has developed products that explorers, adventurers, outdoor enthusiasts and weekend campers can rely on to deliver optimum performance in the outdoors through exceptional engineering and quality.
Cascade Designs premium outdoor brands include: Therm-a-Rest®, the global leader in premium outdoor comfort; MSR®, the ultimate in high performance outdoor gear; Platypus®, specialist in modular hydration solutions for optimum performance; SealLine®, the outdoor leader in all-purpose, portable gear protection; and Tracks®, lightweight walking staffs and trekking poles.
Please visit www.cascadedesigns.com or call us at 1-800-531-9531 for more information.
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