Osprey on Outside's "Best Places to Work" List for Fourth Year

Osprey Packs was named to Outside magazine’s fourth annual “Best Places to Work” list. Osprey was ranked number 29 out of 50 selected companies, and is one of only five companies to be chosen every year of the award.

Cortez, CO – August 10, 2011 – Osprey Packs, Inc., a leader in creating top-quality, high-performance, innovative packs to comfortably and efficiently carry gear, today was named to Outside magazine's fourth annual “Best Places to Work” list. Osprey was ranked number 29 out of 50 selected companies, and is one of only five companies to be chosen every year of the award. The full list and related story will be published in the September issue of Outside magazine, available on newsstands on August 16, 2011.

Outside's “Best Places to Work” project celebrates the innovative companies setting a new standard for a healthy work-life balance. The list was compiled with the help of the Outdoor Industry Association and Best Companies Group. The year-long selection process began with an outreach effort that identified a wide range of non-profit and for-profit organizations with at least 15 employees working in the United States.Participating companies were then sent confidential employee-satisfaction surveys and employer-questionnaires to collect information about benefits, compensation, policies, job satisfaction, environmental initiatives, and community outreach programs.
All of the results were analyzed by Best Companies Group experts, who selected the 50 companies that strive to enhance their employees' enjoyment of active endeavors, and environmental and social involvement.

"We know that the more our employees are fulfilled in their own lives and engaged with their community and the outdoors, the happier and more productive they are,” said Erik Wegner, Osprey director of human resources. “It's our goal to help nurture this work-life balance and to give back to our community, and we're thrilled to be recognized for these efforts once again from Outside.” 

“These 50 companies are successful precisely because they support a proper work-life balance,” says Michael Roberts, executive editor of Outside. “Happy workers that feel part of an active community are guaranteed to be more engaged and productive. And the companies on our list are offering amazing benefits: organic cafeterias, on-site fitness classes, reimbursements for gym memberships and ski passes, opportunities for on-the-clock community service, and much more.”

Called out by Outside in their “Best Places to Work” feature article is Osprey's commitment to corporate responsibility and the company's annual gear sale, where five percent of all proceeds from the Local's Sale event go to select local non-profit organizations. In 2010, the Fall Local's Sale raised $1,396 for the Sheep Mountain Alliance, while the Spring Local's Sale raised $1,411 for The Pet's Sake Humane Society. The Osprey Local's Sale is a reflection of Osprey's appreciation for and dedication to the Southwest Colorado regional community.

Osprey's Volunteer Incentive Program allows each team member paid time off to participate in a wide range of Osprey-sponsored volunteer projects. In 2010 Osprey donated a total of nearly 220 volunteer hours to a wide variety of projects, including the Conservation Alliance's Backyard Collective, Trails 2000 Make a Difference Day, plus projects in Mesa Verde National Park and the local Carpenter Preserve Open Space.

Other aspects to Osprey's positive workplace culture that stood out for Outside include generous vacation time (three weeks for starting employees), a fitness program that includes paying employees to walk or bike to work, a floating “powder day” in winter and one eight-hour Osprey Outings Holiday. Team members also receive free recreational facility passes and a bike after one year of service.

Added Wegner, ”Osprey has been an independently owned and operated company since its beginning, and this independence streak is visible throughout the company. Osprey highly values the individual and promotes open communication throughout the organization. It's this team environment that makes Osprey a great place to work.”

Osprey Packs
Independent since 1974 and anchored by the design genius of company founder and owner, Mike Pfotenhauer, Osprey Packs has long set the standard for creating innovative, high quality gear carrying equipment. The collection includes packs and bags designed to help adventurers enjoy their outdoor, biking and travel pursuits.

The location of company headquarters in Cortez, Colorado, near the rugged San Juan Mountains and on the edge of desert canyon country, provides a constant inspiration and a superb testing ground for Osprey products. Osprey also maintains a product development office in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, near the factories where they manufacture their products, ensuring face-to-face relationships and transparency with their suppliers. In 2010, Osprey opened a design office in Mill Valley, California, a hub of design talent and the birthplace of mountain biking. All three of these offices play a crucial role in creating Osprey gear that lasts a lifetime.

To celebrate its 35th anniversary in 2009, Osprey launched the All Mighty Guarantee, an enhancement of a lifetime warranty that was already one of the most robust in the industry. Free of charge, the company will repair any damage or defect in its product – whether it was purchased in 1974 or yesterday. Every Osprey product reflects the company's commitment to protect the wild places its customers love to explore. For more information, visit www.ospreypacks.com.

About Outside Magazine
Outside is America's leading active lifestyle magazine, with over two million readers a month. For more than 30 years, the magazine has covered travel, sports, adventure, health, and fitness, as well as the personalities, the environment, and the style and culture of the world Outside. Along with receiving many other accolades, Outside is the only magazine to win three consecutive National Magazine Awards for General Excellence. Visit the magazine online at www.outsideonline.com.
About the Best Companies Group
Best Companies Group works with national and local partners around the country to establish and manage “Best Places to Work,” “Best Companies,” and “Best Employers” programs on a national, statewide, and regional basis. Through its thorough workplace assessment, utilizing employer questionnaires and employee-satisfaction surveys, BCG identifies and recognizes companies who have been successful in creating and maintaining workplace excellence. 
About the Outdoor Industry Association
Founded in 1989, Outdoor Industry Association (OIA) is the premier trade association for companies in the active outdoor recreation business. OIA provides trade services for over 4000 manufacturers, distributors, suppliers, sales representatives and retailers in the outdoor industry. Outdoor Industry Association seeks to ensure a healthy and diverse specialty retail and supply chain based on quality, innovation and service. To this end, OIA works diligently to raise the standards of the industry; increase participation in outdoor recreation to strengthen business markets; provide support services to improve member profitability; represent member interests in the legislative/regulatory process; promote professional training and education; support innovation; and offer cost-saving member benefits. Search for outdoor-industry jobs is at OIA's career center:www.outdoorindustry.org.