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Scott and Garmont to merge U.S. operations

Published September 27, 2012
Scott also buys Garmont's LifeLink division

OGDEN, UT (BRAIN) — Scott USA and Garmont USA will merge U.S. distribution operations, the companies announced this week. 

Garmont is best known for its backcountry ski boots. The company also supplies outdoor boots and socks. The companies said Garmont will merge its U.S. operations with Scott's U.S. operations in Portland, Ore.; Salt Lake City, Utah; or Ogden, Utah. Garmont moved its North American operations from Vermont to Portland last year. 

While Scott Sports did not buy Garmont, which is based in Northern Italy, it did buy Garmont's LifeLink business. LifeLink is abrand of backcountry ski poles, shovels and avalanche probes.

Scott Sports owner and CEO Beat Zaugg said the moves will help Scott broaden its product and seasonality mix.

“We are very excited about today’s announcement as it marks another important step in our planned and controlled growth strategy as an innovative brand that offers year round products from head to toe. Adding Garmont's line of ski boots and outdoor footwear to our North American distribution helps to promote cross-selling opportunities with other Scott products and expands our reach to winter and outdoor retailers.”

Achille Morlin, Garmont's owner and president, called the agreement a partnership that "helps reinforce and expand the Garmont brand presence on the North American market, ensuring a strong platform for continued growth and further strengthening our customer relationships.”

Topics associated with this article: Mergers/Acquisitions

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