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It’s been a very, very good year for Merrell and company president Jacques Lavertue. Today, the company was honored with the Brand of the Year award presented by Footwear Plus magazine. In addition, Merrell won an award for its innovative use of Gore-Tex fabrications in a variety of models. The 3rd annual Plus Awards, established in 1999, celebrate excellence in footwear design. The Plus Awards are the only footwear design excellence awards nominated and voted on exclusively by footwear retailers.