Columbia Sports wear Company is a United States company that manufactures and distributes outerwear and sportswear. It was founded in 1938 by the late Paul Lamfrom, father of present chairperson Gert Boyle. The company is headquartered in Washington County, Oregon, in an unincorporated part of the Portland metropolitan area near Beaverton. It is publicly traded on NASDAQ with ticker symbol COLM.As of July 20, 2009 its market capitalization is about $1.18 billion, with 2008 net sales of $1.37 billion. Columbia Sportswear also produces footwear, headgear, camping equipment, ski wear, and outerwear accessories. In 2001, it was the largest American seller of ski apparel. Today Columbia Sportswear distributes its products in more than 72 countries and 13,000 retailers. Columbia also operates its own chain of retail stores, including its flagship store located in Portland, Oregon.