BEND, OR -- One of Bend’s most notable businesses is experiencing growing pains at its NorthWest Crossing headquarters. Hydro Flask CEO Scott Allan tells KBND the company doubled its workforce in the past year, and has outgrown its building just two years after moving in. "We moved into this space, it’s great, it was much bigger than we were looking for. What we didn’t anticipate was how fast we would continue to grow, and, how fast we would need to hire to keep up with that growth. It became obvious near year-end, as we were looking at the 2015-2016 projections, we have another three years on this lease, we needed more space."
But, Allan says the company isn’t moving too far away. "We’re breaking ground in August. It’s in Northwest Crossing, at the corner of York and Lolo across from SNAP Fitness, next door to where we are now. The team is really excited; it’s designed around our brand and our culture- Great roll-up doors, views of the Cascades. To us it’s important – we still are hiring, we’re still attracting people from other places, people move here from Portland, the Bay Area or Seattle, and they’re looking at where they work."
The new building is slated to be a modern, 12,000-square foot facility, incorporating a variety of unique features that Allan says reflects the company's brand. Allan hopes to include a hydration station, bike corral and showers for post-lunch exercise outings. Employees will also likely have access to beverage taps and specialty coffee equipment.
Hydro Flask was founded in Bend in 2009. Allan says the insulated water bottles are now sold nationwide, and the company is in the process of going global. To hear our full conversation with CEO Scott Allan, visit our Podcast
Architectural rendering of the new Hydro Flask headquarters