LaCrosse Footwear, Inc. announced that it has signed a long-term operating lease for a new 145,000 square foot building in Portland, which will house its corporate headquarters and the distribution center for its Danner products. Construction is scheduled to begin in November, with move-in planned for June 1, 2006. With the custom-designed facility, the company will be laying an important foundation in preparation for future growth.

“In recent years, we have expanded our business and outgrown our current headquarters and Danner distribution center,” said Joseph. P. Schneider, president and CEO. “As we move forward, the new facility will allow us to efficiently meet the logistical challenges facing a growing company and continue to provide outstanding service to our customers. In our search for a new home, we explored a number of possibilities and concluded that a location within the City of Portland was the best option for the Company and our employees.”

The Portland Development Commission (PDC) was instrumental in making Portland the strongest choice. The PDC was extremely responsive in working with the City's Bureaus to facilitate the permitting process in a timely manner and kept the entire process on track. “We were pleased to help LaCrosse with the process and retain them as a good employer and corporate citizen in the Portland business community,” said Eric Parsons, chairman of the PDC board.

The new building will be constructed in Northeast Portland, on Airport Way near the intersection of Riverside Parkway. ProLogis, the nation's leading developer of industrial properties, will own the building and work in close cooperation with LaCrosse in order to develop the facility to meet the company's specific needs. The new facility will reflect the authentic spirit of the LaCrosse and Danner brands, while establishing an appealing and creative environment to attract the high caliber product development, marketing and sales professionals that are critical to the ongoing success of the company.