Marmot expanding with lease of former Next Level site

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SANTA ROSA -- Marmot Mountain LLC is on track to meet its goal of doubling sales and the number of its new branded stores worldwide, and that has the 38-year-old maker of premium outdoor gear for serious expeditions and sports apparel for technical and everyday use preparing its headquarters and local production facility for a trek to a high-profile Rohnert Park location twice the size this summer.

Marmot (, part of the Outdoor Solutions division of Rye, N.Y.-based consumer products giant Jarden Corp., has been waiting to expand for three years until leases on its southwest Santa Rosa buildings expired. The company needs to expand to accommodate new employees and infrastructure such as a new product photography studio and a one-third larger production facility for high-end mountaineering and extreme-weather products, according to President Mark Martin.

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The company has 124 employees now in Santa Rosa and wants to hire 40 more over the next three years in sales and marketing, operations and ecommerce. The addition of 124 employees, together with the relocation of Innovative Moldings to Sonoma Mountain Village is good news for Rohnert Park, which has battled high commercial space vacancies, most recently with the loss of 300 employees from State Farm Insurance.

Marmot also has 56 employees at a 200,000-square-foot distribution warehouse in Reno, Nev., and 36 more in sales and marketing subsidiaries in Canada, the United Kingdom and Germany, where the European market administrative office is located.

Marmot is on track to double 2010 sales, according to Mr. Martin.

"We're in year three of a four-year plan," he said.

Marmot signed a 10-year lease with the Coyne family for 43,000 square feet in more than one-third of the landmark 139,000-square-foot former Next Level Communications office building at 5789 State Farm Dr. in Rohnert Park. The building has been mostly empty since Next Level relocated a few years ago.

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