Guide for relocation to Steamboat Springs, CO

Outdoor Businesses Calling Steamboat Home

With an educated workforce, easy airport access and great product-testing grounds right out the office door, Steamboat Springs is a true hotbed of outdoor businesses.

Theyre a major driver, offering year-round employment and quality wages,says Chamber CEO Jim Clark. We have more than our share of outdoor businesses calling Steamboat home.

Big Agnes

Founded in 2000, Big Agnes is an award-winning tent, sleeping bag and sleeping pad manufacturer headquartered downtown. Its won multiple Editors Choice awards from national magazines and has grown to harbor more than 600 North American retailers, including becoming REIs number-one outsourced tent brand. Employing nearly 50 people locally, the company is also in 10 international markets throughout Asia and Europe.

You couldnt ask for a better place to test our gear,says co-founder Bill Gamber.

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Cogma Bikewear

Cogma Bikewear is fueled by passion for pedaling. Founders and competitive cyclists Karen Tremaine and Clint Ball began as bike apparel makers in 2011, producing comfortable and slightly rebellious designs.

We actually live the mountain town lifestyle,says Ball. Our product ideas come from our daily experiences and friends. We get to play and work outside in our backyard every day.

 

Creek Company

In 1982, Steamboat locals Dave Gowdy and Chris Timmerman invented the Quick Float to inflate float tubes for fishing high-alpine lakes. In 1986, they added the open-front float tube U-Boat to their offerings. Creek Company is now a market leader in the high-end personal flotation craft category, manufacturing pontoon boats, float tubes, tackle bags, flyfishing accessories and more.

Having our business here is great inspiration for all we do,says Gowdy. We can test our product in a matter of minutes.

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Hala Gear

Design. Adventure. Better.

Thats the premise behind stand-up paddleboard company Hala Gear, founded in 2010. The company offers a full line of inflatable SUPs and accessories, testing its wares daily on the Yampa River. Its collection is taking the SUP world by storm, led by such designs as the Hala Nass, Atcha and Luya, as well as the 2016 debut of its new Inflatable Carbon Technology. Theyre stable enough for everyone,says founder Peter Hall, from grandparents to the younger generation.

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Hog Island Boat Works

Hog Island Boat Works introduced the worlds first rotomolded drift boat to the fishing market in 2007. The company now produces a full line of rotomolded drift boats, available with trailer, anchor and other accessories, as well as a new line of equally accessorized rotomolded, motorized skiffs. We make performance, rotomolded boats that can go anywhere,says founder Johnny St. John. And its great to do it in Steamboat; we can wet a line during lunch break.

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Honey Stinger

Founded in 2002, energy food company Honey Stinger has grown to more than 40 local employees. While the companys original line of honey-based energy gels arose as a natural, long-lasting energy source for endurance athletes, it now also produces bars, chews, waffles and gels. The companys bestseller, the Stinger Waffle, improves upon the popular stroopwafel racers use in Europe. The company is on track to double its sales in 2016.

Its another great company to be based in Steamboat,says founder Bill Gamber. We use the product every day.

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Kent Eriksen Cycles

Owning bike shop Sore Saddle Cyclery in the 1970s, Kent Eriksen founded Moots in 1981 and was elected into the Mountain Bike Hall of Fame in 1996. He later founded Kent Eriksen Cycles downtown, specializing in custom titanium bikes.

Steamboat is already a special place to live, and its wealth of biking options makes it even better,says Eriksen, who also stages the annual Tour de Steamboat ride.

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Moots

Founded in 1981, Moots hand-builds titanium road, mountain and cross bikes, with a staff that lives and breathes cycling.

Were surrounded by great riding, which inspires us personally and professionally,says marketing manager Jon Cariveau. 

Moots was selected as a Colorado Company to Watch by the State Office of Economic Development. The company also sponsors numerous community programs, from trail work days to cycling teams.

We build the most innovative high-performance titanium bikes in the industry,says Cariveau. Were proud of them, our team and the town we call home.

Point 6

Founded by Peter and Patty Duke, who started sock giant SmartWool in 1994, Point 6 is another local company putting Steamboat on the worlds sock map. The company uses merino wool fibers combined with state-of-the-art spinning and knitting techniques to create soft merino products built for optimal comfort and performance. It currently has about 15 employees working out of its Steamboat headquarters, serving more than 800 retailers and 20 distributors in 15 countries.  

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PowerICE

PowerICE is an all-natural, frozen, hydrating ice bar designed to enhance performance by cooling core body temperature while replenishing lost electrolytes. With no high fructose corn syrup, stimulants, artificial colors or artificial flavors, the product is available in more than 700 grocery outlets nationwide and hundreds of retail locations. It also recently received a $515,901 tax credit from Colorados Job Growth Incentive Tax Credit program for creating local jobs.

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SmartWool

Based out of the old Steamboat Springs Airport building, SmartWool is Steamboats leading outdoor brand. Its product line has expanded from socks to a complete apparel line, all made from New Zealand merino wool. Owned by VF Corp, the company has received multiple Editors Choice magazine awards and continues to lead the merino wool sock and apparel market. Its 400 sock and apparel products which use enough yarn each year to circle the earth 500 times are distributed through more than 6,000 retailers in 35 countries. 

Spiffy Dog

Founded in 2002, Spiffy Dog is home to the Worlds Most Comfortable Dog Collar. After designing climbing gear out of lightweight, quick-drying aerospacer material, its founders applied the material to pet products, resulting in top-selling dog collar and other pet accessories.

Its a dog-friendly town and a great location to test our products,says brand manager Kyle Nelson, whose Air Collar line includes 25 styles and matching leads.

 

Sweetwood Cattle Co.

Sweetwood Cattle Co.s mission is to promote American agriculture and the Western way of life. A family owned company, it offers a full array of naturally raised beef products, from all-natural, hand-cut steaks sent in reusable, recyclable containers all over the U.S., to award-winning Sweetwood Beef Jerky and its Sweetwood Fatty, a delicious hickory smoked meat stick. Its products can be found all over the country in specialty grocery and outdoor stores. The can also be ordered online.

TALON Grips

TALON Grips targets law enforcement officers and other gun users desiring enhanced grip for their firearms. The company has grown from a basement operation in 2012 to 75 U.S. retailers and three international distributors. Offering 126 gun model grips in two textures, business is, well, booming.

Steamboats a great place to be based,says president Mike Morris, whose company is expanding into iPhone grips, as well. The mountain lifestyle and community are hard to beat.

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