Polartec is out, too. The outdoor industry is expressing long-held frustrations over Utah’s antagonism toward public lands by withdrawing from the biannual Outdoor Retailer trade show, which brings tens of thousands of visitors and $45 million to the state’s economy. This week Patagonia and Arc’teryx pulled out of the show and today the maker of NeoShell and other fabrics said it’s leaving, too.
Here’s the statement Polartec released:
Polartec, the premium provider of innovative textile solutions, announces its withdrawal from the Outdoor Retailer trade show in Utah. The announcement comes following much consideration, and is made in solidarity with Polartec customer Patagonia, which recently withdrew from Outdoor Retailer trade shows in Utah in response to the state government’s public land policy.
“Outdoor recreation is vital to our existence, and public lands conservation is essential,” says Gary Smith, Polartec CEO. “That’s why we’re proud to join with those willing to invest in doing the right thing, in standing up for the unique and finite resource that is our public lands. It’s never been more important to demonstrate that collaboration and conservation, not domination and extraction, will determine the quality of our future.”
Polartec still plans to exhibit at other trade shows and, in addition to environmental policies that promote public lands conservation, hopes to see trade show partnerships that foster modern commerce.
Also today, Ibex said it would cut back on its spending at the OR show.
“Outdoor Retailer cannot stay in Utah,” stated Ted Manning, CEO of Ibex Outdoor Clothing. “And until it moves out of the state, we as a company are taking decisive action to stand up for our public lands and conservation.”
That action is to bring a smaller crew to the show so Ibex spends less money in Utah. It will also close its booth early in protest and donate $10,000 to the Conservation Alliance.
Photo by Mandel Media
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