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Napolitano Tours Outdoor Research’s New Facility in El Monte, Welcomes New Jobs to Area

May 31, 2019
Press Release

(EL MONTE, CA) Yesterday, Rep. Grace F. Napolitano (CA-32) toured Outdoor Research’s brand-new, state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in the City of El Monte to meet with the company’s workers and executives. The Seattle-based recreational clothing manufacturer, who recently moved into El Monte for the specific purpose of making military cold weather gloves, has already hired more than 100 employees—many of whom are immigrants of Hispanic and Asian heritage—with the intention to hire additional workers as demand continues to grow.

“I was so honored to visit Outdoor Research and congratulate them on opening their new manufacturing facility in El Monte,” Napolitano said. “We are so glad they have chosen El Monte of all possible locations across the USA to expand their production, which is truly a testament to the skills of our workers and will continue to boost our local economy. This is a great success story for the San Gabriel Valley region and our country, as this company is increasing American manufacturing jobs to produce high-quality gloves for our brave servicemembers.”

“Outdoor Research was delighted to host Congresswoman Napolitano at the opening of our new El Monte, CA manufacturing facility,” said Michelle Wardian, President of Outdoor Research. “The dedication and quality of the workforce in this region is already self-evident and our ability to open our state-of-the-art facility in a timely manner has been made possible through the robust support of local officials and the Congresswoman. Outdoor Research has a long-standing commitment to manufacturing in the United States and the addition of the El Monte facility provides a new level of technology and capability that we are now able to deliver to our customers.”

Napolitano toured the facility with Ms. Wardian as well as El Monte Mayor Andre Quintero; Jason Duncan, VP of Tactical, Innovation, CSR - Outdoor Research; and TJ Laynor, Tactical Sales Director, Outdoor Research. A brief ribbon-cutting ceremony was held at the end of the tour, officially marking the opening of the facility.


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