Trade Columbia Sportswear
Columbia Sportswear Co. is a company that manufactures and distributes outerwear, sportswear and footwear, as well as headgear, camping equipment, ski wear and outerwear accessories. was founded in 1938 by Paul Lam, father of Gert Boyle. The company is headquartered in Cedar Mill, an unincorporated area of Washington County, Oregon, in the Portland metropolitan area near Beaverton. Colombia rapidly growth in sales was fuelled by its jackets, which featured breathable waterproof fabric, interchangeable shells and liners. Columbia Sportswear began as a family-owned hat distributor. President Gert Boyle's parents, Paul and Mary Lammen, fled Nazi Germany in 1937 and immediately bought the Portland hat dispenser. The company became Columbia Hat, named after the nearby Columbia River. In 1948, Gert married Neil Boyle, who became president of the company. Frustrations affected the family to start manufacturing their own products, and Columbia Hat became Columbia Sportswear Company in 1960.In 1970, Neil Boyle died of a heart attack. Gert and his son, Tim Boyle, then a senior student at the University of Oregon, took over Columbia operations and saved it from bankruptcy. Geert Boyle served as president from 1970 to 1988, and in addition became chairman of its board of directors in 1983. She remained chairman until her death in 2019. Tim Boyle succeeded his mother as President and CEO of Colombia in 1988 and continues to hold the position in 2019. General in 1998. Sorrell's shoe maker got in 2000 and Solid Mountains in 2003. In 2006, Colombia acquired the Pacific Trail and Monttrell brands, and in 2014 acquired prAna.