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Osprey Packs Announces new Product Line Manager Erik Hamerschlag

Osprey Packs, Inc. announced today that Erik Hamerschlag has been named their new product line manager, effective immediately.

Cortez, CO – April 27, 2011 – Osprey Packs, Inc., a leader in creating top-quality, high-performance, innovative packs, announced today that Erik Hamerschlag has been named their new product line manager, effective immediately. He is rejoining Osprey, where he held several leadership positions from 1994 through 2001, after nine years with Mountain Hardwear, Inc.

During his first tenure with Osprey, Hamerschlag was instrumental in establishing the brand as an innovative technical pack company. He joined Osprey in 1994 as business manager and over the next seven years helped guide it through a tremendous growth period in which sales more than doubled and the employee count grew by over fifty percent. He became marketing manager in 1996, and served as CEO from 1999 through 2001.

After leaving Osprey, Hamerschlag spent nine years with Mountain Hardwear as product manager, guiding product strategy and managing design and development processes for a diverse range of products, including backpacks, sleeping bags, tents, gloves and gaiters.

As Osprey product line manager, Hamerschlag is responsible for collaborating with the company’s highly creative design team to identify market opportunities and create innovative, successful products. He will be based out of Osprey’s design studio in Mill Valley, California, with several trips per year to the Osprey headquarters in Cortez, Co and the company’s product development office in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

“We are thrilled to welcome Erik back to Osprey and to benefit from his extensive outdoor product line creation experience and keen market analysis and strategic planning skills,” said Tom Barney, CEO of Osprey Packs.

“I’m most excited to be back working with Osprey founder Mike Pfotenhauer because he’s the best there is. Designing and developing new product with him is always equal parts challenge and fun,” said Hamerschlag. “My time with Mountain Hardwear has given me useful experience with the challenges faced as a company grows larger and becomes more complex. I hope to help Osprey continue to grow into exactly the kind of company we all want it to be.”

Other Osprey Team Changes

Osprey also announced two more changes to their leadership team. Erik Wegner will shift from his current role as operations and human resource director to human resources director in order to focus his skills and experience on Osprey’s ever-growing human resources needs. In addition, Wenger will direct Osprey’s newly restructured Quality Assurance & Returns Department. Wegner has 15 years of experience in the outdoor industry and has served in several leadership position roles at Osprey, including director of operations and quality assurance.

David Dunn has been promoted from shipping manager to director of operations at the company’s headquarters and main distribution center in Cortez. He has 12 years’ experience in manufacturing and logistics management, including five years as Osprey’s shipping manager.

Dunn’s promotion comes during the restructuring of Osprey’s operations department, as they integrate current shipping and warehouse departments into a single entity, streamlining the overall distribution process to better serve the needs of the global customer.

Osprey Packs
Independent since 1974 and anchored by the design genius of company founder and owner, Mike Pfotenhauer, Osprey Packs has long set the standard for creating innovative, high quality gear carrying equipment. The collection includes packs and bags designed to help adventurers enjoy their outdoor, biking and travel pursuits.

The location of company headquarters in Cortez, Colorado, near the rugged San Juan Mountains and on the edge of desert canyon country, provides a constant inspiration and a superb testing ground for Osprey products. Osprey also maintains a product development office in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, near the factories where they manufacture their products, ensuring face-to-face relationships and transparency with their suppliers. In 2010, Osprey opened a design office in Mill Valley, California, a hub of design talent and the birthplace of mountain biking. All three of these offices play a crucial role in creating Osprey gear that lasts a lifetime.

To celebrate its 35th anniversary in 2009, Osprey launched the All Mighty Guarantee, an enhancement of a lifetime warranty that was already one of the most robust in the industry. Free of charge, the company will repair any damage or defect in its product – whether it was purchased in 1974 or yesterday. Every Osprey product reflects the company’s commitment to protect the wild places its customers love to explore. For more information, visit