Peter Ettro on the cover of Portland Business Journal

Nine 1 One joins domestic manufacturing trend


Portland Business Journal - by Erik Siemers Friday, June 17, 2011


It’s a rarity in the apparel industry: a U.S.-based brand that manufactures all of its products domestically.


Yet Nine 1 One Gear Inc. is doing just that.


Led by Beaverton-based CEO Peter Ettro, the company — a manufacturer of outerwear for police, fire and emergency medical personnel — in April acquired WaterShed Inc., which for the past two decades has made Gore-Tex raingear for various agricultural and industrial customers at a manufacturing plant in north Salem.


With the move, Ettro is diverting all of his manufacturing away from third-party contractors in China and bringing it all to Salem, which now more

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