A Month @ MOB: January Issue

In by Rebecka Dykstra

Happy New Year, MOB community! We’re starting the year off with the 6th edition of “A Month @ MOB,” a roundup of exciting events in Maine’s outdoor industry from the past month:

Sea Bags has secured a multiyear licensing agreement with the NFL to feature team logos on their signature bags crafted from recycled sailcloth.

Skowhegan Whitewater River Park plans roll along with a final design on horizon

Special shoutout to MOB’s Industry Leader of the Year, Kristina Cannon, president and CEO of Main Street Skowhegan, the nonprofit spearheading the park project.

Bangor Daily News rounds up new gear libraries across the state

Read the feature on MOB members Maine GearShare and Kindling Collective!

Rogue Life Maine donates $200k+ to the Lewiston Strong fundraiser

The fundraising page has been reopened for continued support for Lewiston families.

Old Town pedal assist kayak is ranked most innovative gear of 2023

Old Town has introduced a groundbreaking innovation with its new ePDL+ technology. This pioneering system is the first-ever electric pedal assist for kayaks, allowing anglers to switch between manual pedal power, power-assisted pedal, and fully-motorized propulsion.

The Daily by Outdoor Retailer spotlights Maine’s outdoor Industry

The U.S. Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Economic Analysis’ economic data shows the outdoor industry generated $1.1 trillion in economic output for the United States in 2022.

Mainebiz spotlights MOB’s 2023 Trailblazer Award recipients

Congratulations to MOB’s award recipients: Kristina Cannon, Hearty Roots, Mahoosuc Guide Service & Penobscot Guides, and Brant & Cochran.

The Daily by Outdoor Retailer awards Brant & Cochran x Solo Stove project Best Collaboration of the Year

This collaboration by MOB members, originally sparked at Outdoor Retailer, is a testament to the power of getting the outdoor industry together in a room.

UNE students participate in Maine Outdoor Economy Summit representing new major in outdoor business and innovation

UNE has partnered on the major with Maine Outdoor Brands and the state Office of Outdoor Recreation, who will serve advisory roles in curriculum development as well as provide paid internships to all students who complete the four-year degree program.