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January 30, 1996
" . . . Woman or man wanted for hazardous journey. Explore frontiers of corporate and environmental responsibility. No equity, frequent navigation by board and founders, intense scrutiny from true believers, safe return doubtful. Honor and recognition in case of success." So reads the classified ad in the January edition of AdWeek magazine. Its aim: to locate a chief executive for Patagonia Inc., the Ventura-based outdoor clothing company.
December 15, 1995 | LINDA FRIEDLIEB
Patagonia plans no layoffs in the wake of a recent fire at one of the Ventura clothing company's largest suppliers of synthetic fleece, a spokeswoman said Thursday. "We're confident about no layoffs," said spokeswoman Lu Setnicka. Malden Mills Industries supplies Patagonia with large quantities of synchilla, a fleece-like polyester material. Solid-colored synchilla is manufactured from recycled soda bottles.
December 29, 1992 | JACK SEARLES
The heavy snow that's been falling in many parts of the country has given a boost to the sales of Patagonia Inc., a Ventura-based outdoor clothing company. "Our Christmas sales were definitely better than expected at all distribution levels--mail order, wholesale and in our own retail stores," spokeswoman Megan Montgomery said. Snow fell during the holiday shopping season in the Rockies, along the Eastern Seaboard, in much of Canada and in the Sierra Nevada Mountains.
February 28, 1995 | Compiled by Jack Searles
Patagonia Inc., the Ventura outdoor clothing firm, has issued its spring catalogue, which introduces a new line, Endurance. The new garments "incorporate some of our highest performance fabrications and some of our cleanest designs for off-road, sweat-sport enthusiasts," spokesman Mike Harrelson said. Items in the line include Flyer, an insulated vest for such sports as running and cross-country skiing, and Velocity Shell, a lightweight, weatherproofed jacket.
June 27, 1995 | Jack Searles
Patagonia Inc., the Ventura-based producer of outdoor clothing, has announced that it will discontinue using conventional cotton in spring, 1996. After that, the environmentally sensitive company says all its cotton-containing products will be made with organically grown cotton. This isn't the first time Patagonia has pioneered an anti-pollution policy. For more than a year, the firm has been making some of its clothing with fiber from discarded plastic soda bottles.
Patagonia Inc., the Ventura manufacturer of outdoor clothing, said Monday that it will invest in new renewable energy--specifically wind power--to run its California facilities. Patagonia said it is the first company in California to commit to 100% wind energy in its electricity purchasing. The supplier is Enron Energy Services, a subsidiary of Houston-based Enron Corp., which is building a wind farm near Palm Springs for Patagonia and others.
September 29, 1992
Two Ventura County companies--G.T. Water Products Inc. of Moorpark and Patagonia Inc. of Ventura--are among 100 firms cited by Working Mother magazine as the most hospitable in the nation for women workers. G.T., a producer of plumbing products, claims to be the only company in the United States with an on-site school that offers full-time, accredited classes for employees' children beyond preschool age. The school, which is free to offspring of G.T.'
May 14, 1996 | BARBARA MURPHY
Deckers Outdoor Corp., a footwear manufacturer, has signed a five-year lease for the building being vacated by Patagonia in Ventura. Deckers, which wants to expand and consolidate its area distribution activities, is scheduled to move into the 125,511-square-foot building at 4880 Colt Ave. on June 1. It was represented in the transaction by The Seeley Co.'s Ventura County office. With the move, Deckers is consolidating its warehouses in Ventura and Camarillo.
Patagonia, the Ventura-based manufacturer of outdoor clothing, has begun moving merchandise from its Ventura distribution center to its new Reno Service Center. The move to the 170,000-square-foot Nevada location, announced last year, will be completed by mid-July, said Patagonia spokeswoman Lu Setnicka. Patagonia, a division of Lost Arrow Corp., will continue to house its administrative headquarters in Ventura.
September 23, 1997 | BARBARA MURPHY
Ventura-based Patagonia has once again made Working Mother magazine's list of "100 Best Companies for Working Mothers." The survey, now in its 12th year, rates companies on five criteria: pay; opportunity for women to advance; child-care assistance; flexible work arrangements; and other family-friendly benefits such as long paid maternity leaves as well as paid leaves for new fathers and adoptive parents.
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