Earlier this summer, we were thrilled to announce that Outdoor Research has doubled our U.S. manufacturing to more than 200 jobs with a second onshore factory located in El Monte, California. In fact, our president Michelle Wardian was just interviewed by SGB to talk about what this means (like our role in Made in the USA, and more).\n\nToday, we wanted to highlight some of the faces behind our factory by sharing our new employees stories, backgrounds, and lives within and outside of Outdoor Research.\n\n\n\nJamson Ning, Bundle Runner\n\nWhat is your favorite thing about working at the new OR factory?\n\nTo chat with the persons and get other ideas.\n\nWhat do you enjoy doing on your free time?\n\nGoing to the countryside and going to a Chinese restaurant and try other country's foods. Especially Vietnamese foods.\n\n \n\n\n\nCristina Sanchez, Machine Operator Seamseal\n\nHow is OR different than other places you have worked?\n\nQue aqui estoy apiendiendo cosas nuevas ay gente joven con ideas frescas y que le dan oportunidad a la gente de que aprenda.\n\nThat here I am learning new things. Here there are young (leaders) with fresh ideas that create opportunities for the workers to learn. \n\nHow have your skills been recognized, challenged, and\/or rewarded since working at OR?\n\nMe an dicha que ago bien mi trabajo y toman encuenta mis opiniones.\n\nThey have told me that I do good work and they actually take my opinions into account.\n\n \n\n\n\nRicardo Dimas, Cutter\n\nWhere did you work before Outdoor Research?\n\nI work before in BCBG Martina group.\n\nHow have your skills been recognized, challenged, and\/or rewarded since working at OR?\n\nThe challenge still continues as the factory is new. The satisfactions I believe will come later.\n\n \n\n\n\nJoanne Ly, Machine Operator Cycle Machine\n\nHow is OR different than other places you have worked?\n\nThere is a new environment and better benefits.\n\nHow have your skills been recognized, challenged, and\/or rewarded since working at OR?\n\nSince working at OR, one of the challenges is working on the machine and have given me a new skill to learn.\n\n \n\n\n\nEmely Anaya, Sewing Supervisor\n\nWhat is your favorite thing about working at the new OR factory?\n\nTodo magusta: Ma motive cuando producimos, mas y cuando magoramos la calidad. Trabajar un equipo y Logran last matas.\n\nI like everything. I am motivated when we producing well, when we improve our quality, and work as a team to achieve our goals\n\nWhat do you enjoy doing on your free time?\n\nSalir a comar con la familia ha ir al parque.\n\nGo out to eat with my family and go to the park.