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Large outdoor companies are losing retail sales in China, and their manufacturing status is unclear. Meanwhile, smaller manufacturers say their production is at a standstill.

Amid competitive pressure and an attempt to diversify, Polartec is betting on a new, smaller scale manufacturing facility in Tennessee, leaving its union in Massachusetts behind. The pragmatic private equity approach is in stark contrast to the days that long-time employees remember, when former CEO Aaron Feuerstein led the company with his heart on his sleeve.

After a turbulent period of restructuring, layoffs, an attempted sale and a major manufacturing shift, Black Diamond Equipment is refocusing on its core market

Stephan Aarstol’s appearance on ABC’s reality business show Shark Tank did not start out well. The founder of California-based Tower Paddle Boards found himself awkwardly silent after a problem with his slide show caused him to lose his train of thought. He swore. Kevin O’Leary, one of the “sharks,” as…