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Granite Gear Expands Team with Two New Hires


Granite Gear, manufacturers of superior backpacks engineered to deliver the ultimate in function and comfort, has hired Benjamin Landry as Associate Product Designer and Julie Hukriede as Customer Service Manager.

After completing a BFA in Industrial Design from the University of Wisconsin-Stout as well as multiple inventive freelancing projects, Ben Landry joins the team at Granite Gear. Landry will assist in the design and development of new and existing product categories. His youth, talent, and strengths in creative design development and identifying future trends will strengthen Granite Gear’s design team and continue the company’s evolution within the outdoor market and beyond.

Julie Hukriede comes to Granite Gear with 20+ years of experience as a research and development buyer and customer relations specialist in a production and manufacturing environment. Hukriede’s extensive background will provide the Granite Gear customer service department with the expertise in building and maintaining invaluable relationships with Granite Gear’s customers.

 “Bringing Ben and Julie on board is an investment in Granite Gear’s new direction and future,” says Vice President of Sales, Rob Coughlin. “Each brings a diverse wealth of knowledge with backgrounds and skills that will help guide our leadership in the industry.”

 Landry will be working at the Chicago, IL location, while Hukriede will be working at the original Two Harbors, MN location. Both Landry and Hukriede have a passion for the outdoors and are thrilled to be employed by a company that shares their values.

About Granite Gear
For 27 independent years, Granite Gear has brought cutting-edge products to the outdoor marketplace. Their award-winning backpacks, extensive variety of storage sacks, lifestyle accessories, dog products and canoe gear offer excellence in design and construction. Granite Gear’s desire is for all outdoor enthusiasts and travelers to experience the incredible durability and comfort of their products. Located in Northern Minnesota, just minutes from the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness and the Superior Hiking Trail, they have a rugged and beautiful testing ground for their products.

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