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Vermont's Outdoor Gear Industry

09/30/09 12:00PM By Jane Lindholm
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AP/J. Henske

Do you wear Darn Tough socks?  How about clothing made by Isis or Ibex?  Do you cruise down the slopes on a Rome or Burton snowboard?  If so, then you've contributed to Vermont's longstanding outdoors industry.  We talk about how the industry is growing, how the Vermont brand is regarded nationally, and what business challenges companies face. 

We look at the big picture with Amy Rogers, of the national Outdoor Industry Association, and Kevin Dorn, Vermont's Secretary of the Agency of Commerce and Community Development.  And then we hear the individual experiences of Vermont companies from Ric Cabot at Darn Tough, Ted McGuinness at TSL Snowshoes, Rob Scharges with Vermont Canoe, and John Fernsell at Ibex.

Also, Kate Messner teaches seventh grade English in Plattsburgh, NY, and writes books for young adults.  We talk with her about her newest book, The Brilliant Fall of Gianna Z.

Photo credit:  AP/Jason R. Henske




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