Industry Press Release



Bethel, CT / Bellingham, WA (April 15, 2008) — Tabar, Inc, today was named to Outside magazine’s ( inaugural “Best Places to Work” list. Tabar was ranked 6th in the small size category (15-49 employee group). The full list and related stories will be published in the May issue of Outside magazine, available on newsstands April 15, 2008.

“All of us here at Tabar Inc, are delighted to have made this inaugural list and to be among some of the best firms to work for in the Outside Industry. We have office locations and staff in Bethel CT, Bellingham WA and in Hong Kong/Korea/China. Each individual employee has helped to shape, create and maintain the unique company culture we have developed here at Tabar”-

Gary Schloss- President

Outside‘s “Best Places to Work” list was compiled with the help of the Outdoor Industry Association ( and Best Companies Group ( (BCG). The magazine conducted extensive surveys based on benefits, compensation, job satisfaction, environmental initiatives and community outreach programs designed to identify, recognize and honor the best employers in the country.

The extensive, year-long process initially identified a wide range of non-profit and for-profit organizations with at least 15 employees working in the United States. The companies were then sent a confidential employee-satisfaction survey and employer-questionnaire to collect information about benefits, policies and practices. All of the results were analyzed by BCG’s experts, who selected the top 30. The winners where then broken down into three categories: small (15-49 employees); medium (50-249) and large (250+). The result is a list of 30 U.S. companies that make it possible for employees to balance productivity with an active, eco-conscious lifestyle.

“These 30 companies figured out that there is a way to have it all and understand the growing need for work/quality of life balance,” said Chris Keyes, Editor of Outside. “From New Belgium Brewing Company’s rock climbing wall, cyclocross track and free beer after work, to SmartWool’s annual company ski-day at Steamboat and 40 paid hours a year working at a nonprofit of their choice, to Osprey Packs’ renewable energy initiatives and paying employees $.50 per trip to walk or bike to work, these organizations have found a way to bring company morale to a whole new level while at the same time being responsible to their local communities and the environment. It’s a trend that we only see increasing in the years ahead.”

Some of the elements that landed Tabar on this list include a full and generous employee benefits package that is fully company sponsored, flex time options, Tabar hosted retreats for staff and spouses, A Save the Children campaign that sponsors a child in need for each full time employee, and an overall atmosphere that empowers each person on staff to feel like they share in the ownership and direction of the company.


Tabar, Inc. is a 25 year old design and developmental sourcing firm that specializes in technical hand wear and accessories for the outdoor sports and tactical markets. They are a private label resource for many leading brands of outdoor gear for snow sports, hunting, fishing, mountaineering and both motorcycle and bicycle sports.

Their main administrative office is located in Bethel, CT and they have their main design and developmental office in Bellingham WA.

Their Asia team is located in Hong Kong and they have satellite offices in Korea and China.


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