Duluth Company Makes Its Move In An Old Fashioned Way

By KBJR News 1

June 30, 2011 Updated Jun 30, 2011 at 1:54 PM CDT

Posted by Melissa Burlaga

Duluth, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) When most businesses change locations, there's usually a moving truck, or two-or three involved.

The Frost River Trading Company made their move Wednesday morning the old fashioned way.

On Foot.

Dave Anderson has more in this month's Made In The Northland.

Veterans of Boundary Waters canoe trips are used to portaging.

These people are embarking on one of about 400 rods which is close to a mile.

This isn't Basswood Lake, though; it's 27th Avenue West in Duluth and the crew is packing a caribou head.

That's the mascot of the Frost River Trading Company and they're moving to their new store and factory the old fashioned way.

"We had some construction workers wave and say they've never seen a parade like that go by."

Frost River makes canvas packs and a slew of other bags and cases.
The company bought the old Minnesota Surplus building in Lincoln Park.

"The business has been growing pretty steadily for a while and we needed to get more space for our sewers."

The new place is just down the street from another well known bag maker, Duluth Pack.

Frost River spokes people feel there's plenty of room in the pack market for two manufacturers.

"Yes, there really is. I'm a marketing person by background and competition is a good thing."

Northland style packs have become chic in big cities like New York and even overseas.

"There's a global demand for our product and hand crafted U.S. products."

So, don't be surprised to see a Frost River pack portaging across the Hudson River in Manhattan.

Odds are good, though, that person won't be lugging a caribou head.

Frost River will expand production in its new space and hopes to be able to hire more sewers in the future.