L.L. Bean counts their cash, Old Town gets new digs and a new kayak park gets proposed in Colorado

Monday, 10 March 2008
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L.L. Bean ends 2007 in the Black
Lets see what's going on with companies in the outdoor industry.

L.L. Bean closed it 2007 fiscal year on a positive note. They posted a 5.5% increase in sales over 2006 bucking retail industry trends that showed disappointing results for many retailers.

L.L.Bean reported annual net sales of $1.62 billion.

More info: snewsnet.com


Old Town Canoe Company Opens new Manufacturing Centre
Old Town Canoe LogoOld Town Canoe just had their grand opening for a new manufacturing and distribution centre in its hometown of Old Town, Maine.

"The distribution and warehousing center we were in in Bangor, we outgrew it, both in size and in utility," Director of Operations Tim Magoon said. "Along with that we decided to cease a manufacturing sourcing situation that we were engaged in in Michigan and buy a vacuum-forming machine and bring that manufacturing to here, to Old Town and to do that we needed space."

"It means the production of about 15,000 additional canoes," said Magoon. "Currently we've increased our job base by 20 with opportunity to improve upon that as we go throught the season in future years with this technology."

More info and video: wcsh6.com
Company info: oldtowncanoe.com


Colorado City Snares $25,000 Grant for Proposed Kayak Park
Canon City, CO has just received a grant of $25,000 from the Colorado Water Conservation Board. It has been earmarked towards the development of Whitewater Kayak & Recreation Park (WKRP - Canon City).

The new park will be located on the Arkansas River Large boulders will be added to the river and the waterway will be shaped to create holes and chutes for kayakers.

"There will be a great view of it from the riverwalk trail and people will be able to watch the kayakers play in the holes and practice their rolls," said Will Colon, an organizer. "It also will offer more user friendly access to the river without getting into quick current immediately."

Colon said he believes the park could be used for boating festivals, filling neighboring Centennial Park with people. He sees it as a boon to the local tourism economy.

The draft design is expected to be completed by the end of June.

More info: chieftain.com

L.L. Bean ends 2007 in the Black
Lets see what's going on with companies in the outdoor industry.

L.L. Bean closed it 2007 fiscal year on a positive note. They posted a 5.5% increase in sales over 2006 bucking retail industry trends that showed disappointing results for many retailers.

L.L.Bean reported annual net sales of $1.62 billion.

More info: snewsnet.com


Old Town Canoe Company Opens new Manufacturing Centre
Old Town Canoe just had their grand opening for a new manufacturing and distribution centre in its hometown of Old Town, Maine.

"The distribution and warehousing center we were in in Bangor, we outgrew it, both in size and in utility," Director of Operations Tim Magoon said. "Along with that we decided to cease a manufacturing sourcing situation that we were engaged in in Michigan and buy a vacuum-forming machine and bring that manufacturing to here, to Old Town and to do that we needed space."

"It means the production of about 15,000 additional canoes," said Magoon. "Currently we've increased our job base by 20 with opportunity to improve upon that as we go throught the season in future years with this technology."

More info and video: wcsh6.com
Company info: oldtowncanoe.com


Colorado City Snares $25,000 Grant for Proposed Kayak Park
Canon City, CO has just received a grant of $25,000 from the Colorado Water Conservation Board. It has been earmarked towards the development of Whitewater Kayak & Recreation Park (WKRP - Canon City).

The new park will be located on the Arkansas River Large boulders will be added to the river and the waterway will be shaped to create holes and chutes for kayakers.

"There will be a great view of it from the riverwalk trail and people will be able to watch the kayakers play in the holes and practice their rolls," said Will Colon, an organizer. "It also will offer more user friendly access to the river without getting into quick current immediately."

Colon said he believes the park could be used for boating festivals, filling neighboring Centennial Park with people. He sees it as a boon to the local tourism economy.

The draft design is expected to be completed by the end of June.

More info: chieftain.com

David Johnston

David Johnston

David Johnston has been introducing people to the sport of sea kayaking for the past 15 years. He is a senior instructor trainer with Paddle Canada and teaches for several paddling schools in Ontario, Canada. Full Bio.

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