After World War II Bill Kirschner, the founder of K2 Sports, started manufacturing splints and animal cages. They were the leading manufacturer of research cages. In 1961 Kirchner followed the pattern of a borrowed ski to make his first pair of fiberglass skis. He then partnered with the Seattle based ski distributor, Anderson & Thompson Ski Company to take his dream to the next level. In 1964 Kirschner delivered his first set of skis at 250 pairs. The next year it grew to 1,600. BY 1968 K2 Sports separated from Anderson & Thompson to start its own distribution and marketing. With excellent product and decision sales boomed and by 1976 the company was sold to a private group of investors called Sitca. Then by 1985 Anthony INdustries, Inc acquired 100 percent of the stock of Sitca. Anthony Industries is a Los Angeles Based company that allowed K2 to expand in its facilities. By 1988 snowboarding had a boom in popularity. In 1994 with the help of an expanded factory in Washington, K2 manufactured an award winning line. K2 Skis continues to rank in the top five brands in U.S. Snowboard sales and wells as improving market share in the In-Line Skates industry. Their snowboards continue to be rated in the Good Wood Rating of Snowboard Magazine, detailing their exceptional quality with affordability.