ARCATA, CALIFORNIA, January 15, 2013 – Kokatat will recognize winners of the 2013 American Made Outdoor Gear Awards at a presentation from 5-6 p.m. on Thursday, January 24 in the Liberty Bottleworks Booth (#56008) at Outdoor Retailer Winter Market.
Kokatat will award hand-carved wooden Sasquatch statues to the producers of quality American made products who presented the best “made in America” story.
“We are thrilled to celebrate the companies, both large and small, that keep US manufacturing alive and well” said Jeff Turner, Kokatat sales and design manager. “The first ‘Sassy’ Awards presentation is our opportunity to shine a spotlight on the best made-in-America story.”
Conceptualized and hosted by Kokatat Inc., (www.kokatat.com) leading US manufacturer of technical apparel and gear for paddle sports, the 2013 American Made Outdoor Gear Award was open to all American outdoor gear manufacturers with a compelling story.
The company with the best “made in America” story will receive one-year ownership of ‘Sassy’ -- a three-foot-tall Sasquatch hand carved of redwood from Humboldt County, CA.
Category winners will receive miniature versions of the award and all entrants will receive certificates of participation.
Kokatat announced the winners on November 23, 2012.
Overall: Liberty Bottleworks
10 employees or less
Runner-up: PahaQue Custom Shop, Inc
Winner: Branches, LLC
Runner-up: Ibex Outdoor Clothing
Winner: Stormy Kromer
Over 100 employees
Winner: Jackson Kayak
Runner-up: Smith Optics
For additional information on the American Made Outdoor Gear Awards visit http://www.Kokatat.com/sassy.
About Kokatat Inc: â€¨
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 and Twitter “@kokatat”.