Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Portland welcomes Hi-Tec, and Ducks make bucks for businesses

Hi-Tec Joins Group of Portland-based Outdoor Companies
The Oregonian reports that hiking boot maker Hi-Tec will move its corporate headquarters to Portland by the end of this year. CEO Bill Berta said the company was attracted here over other locations because "Portland is a hub for some of the best talent in our industry. Few cities share our values and commitment to a healthy, outdoor lifestyle like Portland."

Initially, a dozen administrative employees will make the move into Portland. The staff could expand to as many as 20 employees in two years.

Hi-Tec joins other recognized companies in the industry with Portland metro operations, including Adidas North America, Columbia Sportswear, and Keen.

Ducks Make Bucks for Local Businesses
Ted Norman, the co-owner of Identity by Sew On, which produces screen print and embroidered apparel, does some big business with the UO producing Duck shirts and other items. Norman tells the Register-Guard that business is good enough that the Springfield company boosted employment from 20 workers to 35, largely to keep up with the demand for all things Duck.

Just how quickly the Ducks can generate business was seen Friday, when a team of UO sports fanatics put out a sequel to last year’s hit music video “I Love My Ducks.” That first video produced a slew of sales for a t-shirt bearing the same slogan and, before the “Return of the Quack” sequel was even 24 hours old, Norman’s business had produced 6,000 shirts with the “Quack” slogan in time for Saturday’s game.

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