Ibex to move all production to North America


Ibex's Shak Lite 1/2 Zip, made with U.S. wool for fall 2012, will be 100-percent American-made, sourced, and processed.

As part of Ibex's "big commitment to American-made products," the outdoor apparel company will move its remaining Asian clothing production to the United States and Canada by 2014, company founder and CEO John Fernsell announced this month. About 15 percent of Ibex products currently are made in Asia; the remaining 85 percent already are made in the U.S. and Canada.

Last year, Ibex announced it would start using wool from the Lehfeldt family ranch in Montana in its fall 2012 Shak Lite garments. Those pieces will be 100-percent American-made, sourced, and processed.

Ibex plans to expand its use of U.S. wool in its mid- and baselayers every year and is looking into partnerships with other U.S. ranchers to meet that increase. In addition to Shak Lite, in 2013, Ibex's Nomad line also will be made from U.S. wool.

Ibex currently contracts its North American production with factories in Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Oakland, Calif., and with a facility in Vancouver, Canada.

Fernsell points to several reasons for Ibex's recent commitment to domestic production.

"First, the closer Ibex is to its clothing when it's being made, the greater the control we have on quality. This control is vital as Ibex continues to pursue wool as an art. Greater oversight, greater quality, and greater ownership of the process is crucial for the future of Ibex," says Fernsell.

"Second, the shipment of Ibex materials halfway around the world isn't sustainable, and shouldn't be a requirement for manufacturing, especially in dealing with a natural, sustainable fiber like wool," says Fernsell. "Ibex is tightening down its supply chain to use less energy and to mirror its clothing—well designed and efficient.

"Finally, the decision to commit to North America is one of pride. Ibex is a small U.S. company with big dreams. It's important to Ibex and its customers to make garments close to home and to create and retain jobs here as well."

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Cleric
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March 21, 2012 at 4:21 p.m. (EDT)

That'd make me more inclined to purchase from them.  And, not just because I'm from MT and love wool.  I think I might actually know someone from Lavina (where the ranch is located)...

Callahan
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March 21, 2012 at 9:47 p.m. (EDT)

I have not read this yet BUT about time.

This is great that a company is bringing jobs back to the US.

So now I will read this and Hope that my enthusiasm is rewarwded and thet other companies follow this lead hopeful lead.

JasonLooseArrow
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March 21, 2012 at 11:42 p.m. (EDT)

This is good.

braveheart59
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March 22, 2012 at 12:01 a.m. (EDT)

NOW, if we can get some other's LIKE OSPREY, to do the same.....cause I REALLY want an OSPREY bag but not the way they run their business. I will do business with IBEX!

Bob Abrahams
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March 22, 2012 at 7:40 a.m. (EDT)

They will be getting our business. Bring jobs back home. Thank you Ibex!

johnalovejr
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March 22, 2012 at 2:21 p.m. (EDT)

I will be considering Ibex first when I purchase anything.  Thank you Ibex.

FromSagetoSnow
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March 22, 2012 at 3:10 p.m. (EDT)

 

Cleric said:

I'm from MT and love wool. 

Sorry bro, I had to.  Forgive me but THATS funny.

 

 

Am I the only punter who hasn't heard of Ibex?  They must not sell at WalMart.  Maybe I need to look at Bob Ward.

 

Jeff

gonzan
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March 22, 2012 at 8:01 p.m. (EDT)

Way to go, Ibex! 

OhSoCheesy
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March 22, 2012 at 9:02 p.m. (EDT)

Definitely at the top of my list now. Thanks Ibex!!

Cleric
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March 23, 2012 at 12:46 a.m. (EDT)

Nope Jeff.  You nailed it.  Dang!  Usually we pull those on the folks from the eastern side of the state...

Ever heard the story about velcro gloves?

ehm

Yeah!  Go Ibex!

JerseyWreckDiver
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March 25, 2012 at 6:48 p.m. (EDT)

Awesome! Looking forward to increasing my collection of Merino with Ibex products.

Good example to set for other company's.

Heard the other day that Starbucks is bringing production of all their ceramic mugs back to the US.

This is a trend we really need.

JerseyWreckDiver
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March 25, 2012 at 6:50 p.m. (EDT)

Only question is; where's a good place to find Ibex products? Besides on the net that is...

Alicia
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March 25, 2012 at 7:16 p.m. (EDT)

For those wondering about non-online retail availability, Ibex has a store locator feature on its website:

http://retail.ibex.com/storelocator/

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