Mountain Hardwear designs, sources and markets high-end mountaineering and outdoor equipment, apparel and accessories. Mountain Hardwear was established in 1993 by a group of outdoor industry veterans and is based in Richmond, California. The company distributes its products through specialty outdoor and sporting goods retailers in the United States and 25 countries worldwide. Mountain Hardwear has won numerous product and customer service awards since its inception. It is a wholly owned subsidiary of Columbia Sportswear Company. Mountain Hardwear, Inc. offers a comprehensive benefits package for all full time employees working 30 hours/week or more. Benefits include Medical, Dental, Vision, PTO, Flexible Spending Accts, Life Insurance, Short & Long term Disability Insurance, Long Term Care Insurance, 401(k) Profit Sharing, Alternative Commuter Program, Employee Assistance Program, Tuition Assistance Program and others. In 2009, Mountain Hardwear was ranked 19th Best Place to Work by Outside Magazine.