In 1971, Kokatat began making paddle sports apparel and gear in Arcata, CA. Founder and president Steve O’Meara recognized from the start that keeping production local was necessary in order to control quality and continually develop the finest and driest paddling apparel in the world. Today, over 90% of Kokatat’s annual revenue comes from the sales of products handmade in their Arcata factory (about 150 employees strong) and by local and regional manufacturing partners.
Kokatat has been able to maintain a low carbon footprint relative to many other brands of outdoor apparel that source goods offshore. In 2010, they activated one of the largest solar photovoltaic systems in the region, which powers much of their manufacturing equipment and they employ strict water conservation practices throughout their factory. Named the 2010 Arcata Green Business of the Year, the company provides an established platform of green practices, social equity and economic vitality to the region. Kokatat is also an International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 9001:2008 company, which reflects the company’s commitment to quality products and industry leading customer satisfaction under the guidance of a quality management system.
“All Kokatat products are manufactured to exacting quality standards, developed by paddlers for paddlers over more than 40 years.” ~ Kokatat