The American outdoor industry is undeniably big, but when one of its own is ranked in the Inc. 5000, it's worthy of some recognition.
Stone Glacier, one of the leading premium outdoor equipment manufacturers in the country, has been officially ranked at number 762 of Inc. magazine's annual Inc. 5000 list, the most prestigious ranking of the nation's fastest-growing private companies.
It's the company's second straight appearance on the list, following a growth rate that reached 600% overall for the brand. The makers of high-quality, lightweight hunting and backpacking apparel and gear, plus camping tents and mountaineering equipment, have made their mark in an industry that vehemently seeks innovation.
As an independent small business, the recognition that comes along with inclusion in the Inc. 5000 is invaluable. Companies like Under Armour, Zappo's, and Patagonia, just to name a few, earned their first national recognition when they found themselves on the list. Stone Glacier is setting themselves up for a similar string of success.
"We're honored to be recognized as one of the fastest growing companies in America for the second-consecutive year," says Jeff Sposito, CEO of Stone Glacier, when the news was announced. "Our team is extremely passionate and dedicated to progress--we're proud to represent the greater hunting community, as well as the state of Montana, among some of the most respected companies across the nation."
Along with the 762 overall ranking, Stone Glacier is the third highest ranked Montana-based company on the list. The complete rankings, plus criteria and other info, can be found at inc.com/inc5000.
Stone Glacier is certified as part of the 2% for Conservation program, devoting 1% of their time and 1% of their money to fish and wildlife conservation.
As Sposito said in the Stone Glacier blog post about the news, "We don't look at what others are doing and try to make it better; we design based on our own experiences. We don't worry about how some other brand is going in one direction and concern ourselves with what we should do to compete. We don't care about what the masses want or say; we just do Stone Glacier. And we do our damndest to do it the best we can."