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Mountain Hardwear Awarded REI Outdoorwear Vender Partner of the Year

Mountain Hardwear has been honored as the recipient of REI’s Vender Partner of the Year Award in the company’s Outdoorwear division.
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RICHMOND, Calif. (January 27, 2007) – Mountain Hardwear Inc., a leading mountaineering and outdoor equipment and clothing company, has been honored as the recipient of REI's Vender Partner of the Year Award in the company's Outdoorwear division. The prestigious award has been given annually since 1993. It is awarded to REI's top venders selected from among approximately 2500 companies which supply product in recognition of a combination of several measures, including financial performance, community and industry involvement, product quality and retail support among others. Out of fifteen finalists, Mountain Hardwear and three other companies were awarded Vender Partner of the Year Awards.

Candyce Johnson, Outdoor Division Buyer for REI presented the award at the Outdoor Retailer Show Winter Market in Salt Lake City. “It's hard to find an authentic outdoor manufacturer that exemplifies all the qualities we look for. Mountain Hardwear has consistently been an award winning brand. This year the brand has made a significant different to our business,” She said.

Mountain Hardwear has been a supplier to REI since 1999 and this is the third time the company has been nominated for the award. “We are thrilled to be recognized in this way by one of our top customers,” said Mountain Hardwear President Mike Wallenfels. “This nomination recognizes the efforts that all of our employees have put into supporting our brand through the REI stores.”

About Mountain Hardwear:
Mountain Hardwear designs, sources and markets high-end mountaineering and outdoor equipment, apparel and accessories. Mountain Hardwear was established in 1993 by a group of outdoor industry veterans and is based in Richmond, Calif. The company distributes its products through specialty outdoor and sporting goods retailers in the United States and 30 countries worldwide. Mountain Hardwear has won numerous product and customer service awards since its inception. It is a wholly owned subsidiary of Columbia Sportswear Company. For more information about Mountain Hardwear, visit the company's Internet home page at www.mountainhardwear.com.

REI is a national outdoor retail cooperative, committed to inspiring, educating and outfitting for a lifetime of outdoor adventure. Founded in 1938 by a group of Pacific Northwest mountaineers seeking quality equipment, REI is today the nation's largest consumer co-op with more than 3 million active members. REI offers products from all of the top brands for camping, climbing, cycling, hiking, outdoor cross-training, paddling, snow sports and travel, including its own line of award-winning gear and apparel. While anyone may join or shop at REI, members pay a one-time $15 fee and receive a share in the company's profits through an annual member refund based on their purchases. REI currently operates 89 stores in 25 states, two online stores – REI.com and REI-OUTLET.com – and an adventure travel company, REI Adventures. A portion of REI's profits is set aside each year for support of environmental stewardship and outdoor recreation causes.

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