At age 40, Osprey continues to lead with innovations

At age 40, Osprey continues to lead with innovations

Sam Green/Cortez Journal

Iain Berdzar, right, and Don Roberts prepare a shipment of backpacks at Osprey Packs. Started in 1974 by Mike Pfotenhauer in a rental home in Santa Cruz, Calif., the company is turning 40 years old. It now has 108 employees worldwide and is headquarted on a hilltop in Cortez.
Sam Green/Cortez Journal

The original Osprey backpack from 1975 has changed dramatically over the years.
Sam Green/Cortez Journal

Sam Mix discusses one of the newer models of Osprey Packs. The company celebrates its 40th anniversary this year.
Mike Pfotenhauer, Marilyn Jones and one unknown person at the Dolores Factory circa 1990.
Mike Pfotenhauer in 1974.
Osprey's production staff in Vietnam.
Courtesy of Osprey Packs

Osprey has a production facility in Vietnam. Last year, 1.5 units were manufactured there.

At age 40, Osprey continues to lead with innovations

Sam Green/Cortez Journal

Iain Berdzar, right, and Don Roberts prepare a shipment of backpacks at Osprey Packs. Started in 1974 by Mike Pfotenhauer in a rental home in Santa Cruz, Calif., the company is turning 40 years old. It now has 108 employees worldwide and is headquarted on a hilltop in Cortez.
Sam Green/Cortez Journal

The original Osprey backpack from 1975 has changed dramatically over the years.
Sam Green/Cortez Journal

Sam Mix discusses one of the newer models of Osprey Packs. The company celebrates its 40th anniversary this year.
Mike Pfotenhauer, Marilyn Jones and one unknown person at the Dolores Factory circa 1990.
Mike Pfotenhauer in 1974.
Osprey's production staff in Vietnam.
Courtesy of Osprey Packs

Osprey has a production facility in Vietnam. Last year, 1.5 units were manufactured there.
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