Above: A&O companies Cultural Blends, House Dogge, Orox Leather Co. and KEEN
The Athletic & Outdoor (A&O) sector includes a wide array of consumer goods businesses, including apparel, footwear, bikes, gear, handmade goods and accessories. The Portland area has the highest concentration of A&O businesses in the nation, from globally traded sportswear giants to recently launched small businesses.
The city of Portland has 7,435 jobs in the Athletic and Outdoor industry; that number rises to 21,748 when including the metro area headquarters of Columbia and Nike.
Concentration of A&O biz in nation