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Columbia Sportswear

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Columbia Sportswear Company™, founded in 1938 as a small family-owned hat distributorship, is now one of the world's largest outerwear companies. Columbia's product line includes jackets, shoes, boots, accessories, and a wide range of rugged outdoor clothing.

Columbia specializes in outdoor clothing for extreme conditions, featuring ultraviolet-protective fabrics, waterproof jackets and pants, moisture-wicking running apparel, shells, and cold weather gear of all kinds.

In addition to the flagship Columbia Sportswear® brand, Columbia also designs, develops, markets and distributes active outdoor apparel, footwear and related accessories and equipment under the Mountain Hardwear®, Sorel®, Montrail®, and Pacific Trail® brands.

Columbia Groups its products in 6 Catagories

Winter - Snowboarding, Snowshoeing, Skiing, Mountaineering
Water - Upland, Waterfowl, Big Game
Trail - Trail Running, Climbing, Hiking/Trekking, Mountain Biking
Travel - Cycling,Camping Gear
Fishing - Freshwater, Deep-sea, Flats
Golf - Golf Apparel and Products.

History

1938

  • Columbia Hat Company established

1960

  • Gert Boyle designs first fishing vest
  • Columbia Hat Company becomes Columbia Sportswear Company

1970

  • Gert Boyle, a housewife, takes over the company

1975

  • Columbia first to introduce Gore-Tex® parka
  • Company goes international

1982

  • The Columbia Interchange System® is introduced in the Quad™ Parka

1984

  • The Mother of all ad campaigns begins
  • Youth line introduced

1985

  • Sportswear line introduced

1986

  • First Bugaboo™ Parka revolutionizes how downhill skiers dress

1990

  • First national television ad, "Car Wash"

1991

  • Omni-Tech®: Columbia's proprietary waterproof-breathable technology developed

1993

  • Footwear line introduced

1994

  • Convert and Titanium lines introduced
  • Lillehammer Winter Olympics Games: Official supplier to CBS Sports
  • Rivergate Distribution Center opens

1995

  • GRT: Gear for Rugged Trekking and Travel line introduced
  • America's Cup: Official sponsor to America3

1996

  • Columbia Comfort System introduced
  • PFG (Performance Fishing Gear) introduced
  • Flagship store opens in downtown Portland

1997

  • Omni Dry®: High-performance moisture management technology developed
  • Special Olympics: Official supplier to Team USA

1998

  • Company goes public
  • Sydney Summer Olympic Games: Official supplier to NBC Sports

2000

2002

  • Salt Lake City Winter Olympic Games: Official supplier to NBC Sports
  • Eco-Challenge official provider 1996-2002


2003

  • Cambrai, France, Distribution Center opens
  • 5+ million visitors to website


2004

  • 4 Star Distribution Center opens
  • Columbia acquires Mountain Hardwear
  • Company reaches $1 billion dollars in annual sales

2005

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  • Gert's autobiography, One Tough Mother, is released
  • X Games official supplier 2002–2005

2006

2008

  • Omni-Shade® Columbia's proprietary sun protection technology developed
  • Columbia celebrates its 70th anniversary
  • Official Sponsor of Team Columbia, former team High Road

2009

  • Columbia launches e-commerce site
  • Titanium golf line introduced

2010

Investor Relations

Read Columbia's 2008 annual report to investors
Information on Columbia's publicly traded stock -- COLM

Contact

Columbia Sportswear Company
(800) MA BOYLE
(800) 622-6953
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Address

14375 NW Science Park Drive
Portland, Oregon 97229
U.S.A.

Languages

English, Korean, Norwegian, Japanese, Greek, Czech, Russian

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