K2, Marker, Völkl brands in limbo

The wholesale/retail scene was rocked in September when Newell Brands Inc, announced it would sell or fold K2 Sports and its subsidiaries.

Two of the oldest brands in skiing, Völkl and Marker, thus have cloudy futures. Völkl has been in more-or-less continuous production in the Bavarian town of Straubing since 1914; Marker was founded 150 miles south, in Garmisch, and has been in continuous production since 1952.

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