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Fort Collins Footprint & Employment Expands for OtterBox

FORT COLLINS, Colo.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--With continued growth, OtterBox® is expanding its footprint in downtown Fort Collins, Colo. The maker of protective cases for mobile technology recently added to its “campus” with facilities at 315 W. Oak St. and 331 S. Meldrum St.

“As the worldwide demand for OtterBox grows, so does our need for talent,” said OtterBox founder and CEO Curt Richardson. “We have around 600 employees in Fort Collins, including temporary staff and contractors. We’ve run out of space to accommodate the demands of our current growth and have made some strategic acquisitions to prepare us for the future expansion of the company.”

Floor-by-floor renovations are currently underway at 315 W. Oak St., where 58 OtterBox employees are currently located. The building could house as many as 300 eventually. Preliminary discussions with the city of Fort Collins for redevelopment of the building at 331 S. Meldrum St. are underway. Groundbreaking would occur shortly after final plans are approved. This new facility should accommodate years of Otter growth.

Additionally, the company is completing internal renovations on two converted residential buildings directly north of the headquarters location on Meldrum St. and is well settled into facilities at 318 Canyon Ave. and 401 W. Mountain Ave.. By the end of the year, OtterBox will occupy seven locations across Fort Collins, including its distribution center at 760 SE Frontage Road. OtterBox completed development of its headquarters building in May 2011. The 52,000-square-foot facility received the Fort Collins Urban Design Award for architecture in the fall of 2011 and recently received a LEED certification.

OtterBox plans to fill 150 to 200 new positions by the end of the year, necessitating the new facilities. In addition to OtterBox employees, the building at 315 W. Oak St. will also be home to several new businesses fully or partially financed by Richardson, OtterBox President Brian Thomas and former OtterBox CFO Kurt Hoeven.

“Our goal is to create quality jobs in Northern Colorado, whether it’s at OtterBox or other companies,” Thomas said. “We want to foster and leverage entrepreneurship for the betterment of the community and the world.”

About OtterBox:

Built upon fundamentals of hard work, innovation and perseverance, OtterBox is a leader in the production of premier protective solutions for global handheld manufacturers, wireless carriers and distributors.

Incorporating creativity and cutting-edge design into every product, OtterBox creates sleek and durable cases that offer reliable device protection to complement any lifestyle.

OtterBox was founded in 1998 and is headquartered in Fort Collins, Colo.

For more information, visit www.otterbox.com or call 888-695-8820. We’ve Got Technology Covered.


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Kelly Richardson, 970-372-1875