Osprey Packs Gains Two New Product Designers

Osprey Packs, Inc. has hired two new product designers, Cassie Tweed and Hut Cheng.
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Cortez, CO – October 15, 2010 – Osprey Packs, Inc., a leader in creating top-quality, high-performance, innovative packs to comfortably and efficiently carry gear, has hired two new product designers, Cassie Tweed and Hut Cheng. Ms. Tweed joined the design team in September and is based in Osprey's new Mill Valley, California product design office, while Ms. Cheng will be based in Osprey's Vietnam product development studio starting in November.

“We're very excited to welcome Cassie and Hut to our product design team. Along with their enormous talent and creativity, they are bringing to Osprey a much anticipated female influence to our designs,” said Chris Graham, Director of Osprey Vietnam.

Cheng comes to Osprey with a background of design for Lafuma in her native Hong Kong. As an industrial engineer, she designed and developed sports and outdoor bags and footwear for Lafuma's international and Asia-Pacific markets. She was also a product designer at Crumpler, where she was responsible for designing and developing all aspects of technical bags for cameras, phones and laptops, as well as luggage collections. In 2008, Chang received the Design Observer Award (lifestyle shoes design) from the Agency for the Promotion of Industry (APCI) for her work with Lafuma.

Tweed also has a background in sports design. Prior to joining Osprey, Tweed had been the lead designer at Diversified Sports Technologies, managing all branding designs, promotional and print designs, and developing new product designs. In 2009, she also received grant funding from National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance to develop transportation and fabrication solutions for the agricultural and blacksmithing industries in Lebialem, Cameroon. Tweed holds a BS in Industrial Design from San Jose State University.

At Osprey, Cheng and Tweed will be responsible for assisting in the design and development of new products from concept stage to pre-production approval, working both independently and with the Osprey design team. They will also assist the product team in researching new product categories and concepts, as well as new manufacturing methods. Additionally, they are responsible for designing, engineering, and creating prototypes for new product components.

“Both Cassie and Hut impressed me with their creative approach to solving complex design problems and their methodic procedure in tackling new concepts and developing them into refined product,” said Mike Pfotenhauer, Osprey Packs founder and head designer. “We think they will bring enormous energy and talent to Osprey.”

About Osprey
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. Their collection includes backpacks, pursuit specific packs, hydration packs, active everyday packs, and a full line of travel packs and bags. Located in Cortez, Colorado at the corner of the rugged San Juan Mountains and on the edge of vast sandstone canyon country, this landscape provides a constant inspiration and a superb testing ground for their products. They also maintain a product development office in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam ensuring face-to-face relationships and transparency with our suppliers. Every Osprey ever built reflects the company's commitment to protect the wild places their customers explore while using their products. For more information about Osprey, visit www.ospreypacks.com.

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