Columbia Sportswear

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Columbia Sportswear Co.
Type Public
Traded as NASDAQCOLM
Industry Apparel
Founded 1938
Headquarters Washington County, Oregon (near Beaverton),
United States
45°31′46″N 122°49′31″W / 45.52938°N 122.82535°W / 45.52938; -122.82535Coordinates: 45°31′46″N 122°49′31″W / 45.52938°N 122.82535°W / 45.52938; -122.82535
Number of locations 49 (December 2010)[1]
Key people Timothy Boyle, CEO
Gert Boyle, Chairperson
Products Outerwear and sportswear
Revenue US$1.29 billion (2007)
Employees 3,163 (2008)[2]
Website www.columbia.com

Columbia Sportswear Company is a United States company that manufactures and distributes outerwear and sportswear. It was founded in 1938 by Paul Lamfrom, father of present chairperson Gert Boyle. The company is headquartered in Cedar Mill, Oregon, an unincorporated part of Washington County, Oregon, in the Portland metropolitan area near Beaverton. Columbia Sportswear also produces footwear, headgear, camping equipment, skiwear, and outerwear accessories. In 2001, it was the largest American seller of ski apparel.[3]

History[edit]

Columbia Sportswear began as a small, family-owned hat distributor. Present chairwoman Gert Boyle's parents, Paul and Marie Lamfrom, fled Nazi Germany in 1937 and immediately bought a Portland hat distributorship. They became the Columbia Hat Company, named for the nearby Columbia River. In 1948, Gert married Neal Boyle, who became the head of the company. Frustrations over suppliers influenced the family to start manufacturing their own products. Columbia Hat Company became Columbia Sportswear Company in 1960.[4]

In 1970, Neal Boyle died following a heart attack. Gert and son Tim Boyle, then a University of Oregon senior, took over the operations of Columbia, rescuing it from bankruptcy.

Columbia's jackets featured waterproof fabric that was also breathable. Additionally, new jackets featured interchangeable shells and liners. Multiple wearing options and fabric technology fueled rapid sales growth.

Columbia Sportswear's company headquarters in Washington County, Oregon

Columbia became a publicly traded company in 1998.[5] It acquired footwear maker Sorel Corporation in 2000 and Mountain Hardwear in 2003. In 2006, Columbia acquired the Pacific Trail[6] and Montrail brands.[7]

On April 20, 2000, Gearunlimited.com Inc. said it had an agreement with Columbia Sportswear Co. to flog the U.S. outdoor apparel heavyweight's gear on the Canadian company's Web site.[8]

In 2001, the company moved its headquarters from Portland to a site in an unincorporated part of Washington County,[9] in the Cedar Mill area and just outside the Beaverton city limits. The site on NW Science Park Drive has a Portland mailing address, but is not in Portland. In 2007, City of Portland officials attempted to convince Columbia Sportswear to move back to Portland,[10] but the company ultimately rejected the idea and said it would expand its existing headquarters instead.[9]

On June 15, 2008, Columbia Sportswear announced a three-year sponsorship of the cycling team formerly known as Team High Road and before that T-Mobile and Team Telekom. The sponsorship began on July 5, 2008 with the start of the Tour de France. The team's new name is "Team Columbia". The sponsorship includes both the men's and women's teams.[11]

On August 4, 2010, Columbia Sportswear Company signed an agreement to acquire OutDry Technologies S.r.l., which owns the intellectual property and other assets comprising the OutDry brand and related business, via a cash purchase from Nextec S.r.l., based near Milan, Italy. The transaction is expected to close during the third quarter of 2010, subject to customary closing conditions, and is not expected to have a material effect on the company's 2010 operating results.[12]

Locations[edit]

Flagship store in downtown Portland
Retail shop in Hong Kong

Columbia Sportswear distributes its products in more than 72 countries and 13,000 retailers. Columbia also operates its own chain of retail stores, including its flagship store located in downtown Portland, Oregon.

Financial information[edit]

As of July 20, 2009 its market capitalization is about $1.18 billion, with 2008 net sales of $1.37 billion.

Stock exchanges[edit]

Columbia Sportswear Company is publicly traded on NASDAQ with ticker symbol COLM.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Columbia Sportswear Company 2010 Annual Report
  2. ^ "2008 Annual Report". Retrieved 2010-03-21. 
  3. ^ Senior, Jeanie (November 9, 2001). "Seamless warehouse is a marvel". Portland Tribune. Retrieved 2012-10-19. 
  4. ^ "Columbia Milestones". Columbia Sportswear. Retrieved 2009-11-28. 
  5. ^ Binole, Gina (April 3, 1998). "Columbia goes public in top-of-the-line style". Portland Business Journal. Retrieved 2009-11-28. 
  6. ^ "Columbia Sportswear now owns Pacific Trail". Portland Business Journal. March 30, 2006. Retrieved 2009-11-28. 
  7. ^ "Columbia Sportswear buys Montrail". Seattle Post-Intelligencer. January 27, 2006. Retrieved 2009-11-28. 
  8. ^ "Adventure company signs online alliance: Toronto's gearunlimited lands deal with Columbia Sportswear". 
  9. ^ a b Dworkin, Andy (August 30, 2007). "Columbia Sportswear staying put". The Oregonian. Retrieved 2009-11-28. 
  10. ^ "Columbia's 'tough mother' squashes return rumor". Portland Business Journal. March 3, 2007. Retrieved 2009-11-28. 
  11. ^ "Columbia Sportswear Announces Sponsorship" (Press release). Team Columbia & High Road Sports, Inc. June 15, 2008. Retrieved 2008-06-17. 
  12. ^ "Columbia Sportswear Company to Acquire OutDry Technologies S.r.l." (Press release). BUSINESS WIRE. August 4, 2010. Retrieved 2010-08-10. 
  13. ^ Japan Treademark No.1605629 and Others.