March 10, 2015 (Chico, Calif.) - Klean Kanteen, the leader in reusable stainless steel food and beverage solutions, is launching an Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP), moving its global headquarters to a larger facility in Chico, Calif., and sharing its latest B-Corporation (B-Corp) impact assessment score of 99 points, up 20 percent from its 2012 certification numbers.
“Over the years, our employees have become—and always will be—an extension of our family,” explains Michelle Kalberer, Co-Owner of Klean Kanteen. “Creating an ESOP program just made sense for us because it ensures we can retain employees who are invested in the mission, vision and overall benefit that Klean provides the world, and our local community.”
“We recently celebrated our ten year anniversary, and are now sharing the growth and prosperity of Klean’s future with all of the employees making it happen,” comments Jim Osgood, President and CEO.
Later this spring, Klean will be moving across town to its new headquarters. “We couldn’t be more excited to have our offices and distribution center under one roof, and create a space where we’ll be able to celebrate with our customers, partners, community friends, and family—a space that our employees feel good walking into every day,” states Jeff Cresswell, Co-Owner.
With supporting local business and craftsmen as a key goal for the build, Klean sourced most of the materials and finishes from within a 200 mile radius of Chico. Complete with doors, desks, and interior accents crafted from fallen walnut trees and harvested from local farms, the 50,340 square foot building will house the company’s business offices, co-brand print shop, distribution center and a community gathering space. Just a few miles from downtown Chico, the new building is accessible via public transport and bike paths, and sits adjacent to public open space.
With an impact assessment score of 99 (out of 200) Klean Kanteen continues to be a prominent part of the 1,200 member strong B-Corp movement. Originally certified as a B-Corp in 2012, Klean Kanteen and its employees recognize that the assessment is an invaluable tool to measure improvement around key company goals. For Klean, these include conducting product lifecycle assessments, incorporating social and environmental metrics into performance assessments and reporting, and collectively contributing over 430 volunteer hours to local and national non-profits and organizations.
August 20, 2014 (Chico, Calif.)—Klean Kanteen, the leader in sustainable solutions to single-use plastic, continues to expand its offering of stainless steel products with the Fall 2014 introduction of a Growler, three new matte color options, and new sizes of its best-selling products.
Vintage design and modern performance collide in Klean Kanteen’s new Growler. Available in two finishes, brushed stainless and dark amber, the Growler will be offered in 64 ounce and 40 ounce sizes. Using an innovative, Swing Lok ™ Cap with a threadless design that ensures a tight seal, the Growler is the perfect vessel for transporting beer, kombucha, cold pressed coffee and more. The Swing Lok ™ Cap will also be sold as an accessory, compatible with any Klean Kanteen Classic bottle design.
In addition to its signature bright colors, Klean Kanteen introduces strong new matte colors for its Classic and Vacuum Insulated bottles this fall. Klean Kanteen’s most talked about product, the vacuum Insulated bottle, will be available in new Shale Black and Coyote Brown matte colors. The single-wall Classic collection will see Shale Black and Green Fatigue matte color options added to the existing array of vibrant glossy finishes.
Alongside new colors, Klean Kanteen is launching its largest size vessel to date, a 64 ounce Classic Klean Kanteen, along with a new smaller 10 ounce Steel Cup, perfect for wine, cocktails, or children’s beverages.
July 9, 2014 (Chico, California)—Klean Kanteen, a leader in sustainable solutions to single-use plastic, is bolstering its executive team with the addition of Martin Stokes. With over 20 years of experience in operations, logistics, and manufacturing management, Stokes will streamline Klean Kanteen processes and supply chain, while safeguarding the sterling reputation of the company’s products.
“As our manufacturing capabilities grow alongside demand for our products, it is paramount that we maintain the integrity of our supply chain and the quality of our products,” states Jim Osgood, CEO & President of Klean Kanteen. “In joining our executive team, not only does Martin fulfill a key role, but he brings with him an intimate working knowledge of what it will take to refine operations across our business and develop the next generation of our global supply chain.”
In his most recent role as vice president of operations at Biomed Development, Stokes helped the company reduce backorders from over $500,000 to less than $50,000. Before that, he served as president and CEO of Burton Medical Products where he helped the company triple profits in his first year. As director of manufacturing at Easton sports, Stokes improved manufacturing throughput from 45 days to 7 days, among other laudable achievements.
"I have witnessed few companies in my career that are driven by values and ethics the way Klean Kanteen is,” states Stokes. “I’m honored to be welcomed into a team that puts the important things first and I look forward to assisting Klean Kanteen in furthering its mission.”
Stokes and his family currently reside in Simi Valley, California. Originally from England, Stokes studied mechanical engineering before moving to the U.S. in 1984.
February 13, 2014 (Chico, Calif.)—Klean Kanteen, a leader in providing sustainable solutions to single-use plastic, has partnered with Seattle’s Fairmont Olympic Hotel to offer a sustainable alternative to disposable plastic water bottles. By offering guests and health club-goers the ability to purchase Klean Kanteen reusable water bottles, the hotel expects the partnership to prevent more than 31,000 plastic bottles from entering the waste stream each year.
“The introduction of Klean Kanteen reusable bottles in the hotel operation is a tangible example of Fairmont’s Sustainability Partnership Program in action. Since we began to offer Klean Kanteen, it has been very well received by our guests,” states Joanne Day, head chair of the Sustainability Committee at The Fairmont Olympic Hotel. “We chose to work with Klean Kanteen because their products offer a healthy alternative to disposable plastic water bottles and their business is driven by an impressive commitment to our environment.”
In alignment with Fairmont’s Sustainability Partnership Program, the goal of this partnership is to help eliminate the waste created by the dozens of single-use plastic water bottles previously given out by the hotel on a daily basis, the majority of which were distributed in the health club. To promote its commitment to sustainability, Fairmont Olympic Hotel branded Klean Kanteen’s are now available for purchase in the hotel’s health club. By purchasing a reusable bottle to use during their stay and beyond, guests are making a conscious decision to work towards reducing single-use in their everyday life.
“The Fairmont Olympic Hotel is highly regarded for its commitment to the environment and we are thrilled to partner with an environmental steward of this caliber to help model small steps that make lasting change.” says Erika Bruhn, director of marketing and brand at Klean Kanteen.
For every water bottle sold through this partnership, The Fairmont Olympic will donate one dollar to the Puget Soundkeeper Alliance, a Seattle based non-profit organization dedicated to protecting and preserving the waters of Puget Sound by monitoring, cleaning and preventing pollutants from entering its waters.
Chico, Calif. (November 7, 2013) - Klean Kanteen, the leader in providing sustainable solutions to single-use plastic, updates its color offerings throughout the collection of all-stainless bottles as well as introduces the first-ever graphic collection.
The Klean Kanteen Classic Collection gets a color refresher with new options in the 18 oz., 27 oz., and 40 oz. bottles. New colors include Blue Planet, Aqua Sky and Flame Orange and will be available in the 18 and 27 oz. bottles. Blue Planet and Flame Orange will be available in the 40 oz. bottle. The popular Vacuum Insulated Collection now comes in Glacial Glass, River Rock, Lavender Tea and Sangria Red in all sizes. The Kid Kanteen Collection adds Yellow Sunshine to its line.
In addition to new colors, Klean Kanteen marks its tenth anniversary by launching the brand new graphic collection. The series will launch with three designs celebrating the natural world and how people connect with it. The 27-ounce bottle comes with an all-stainless loop cap, and the designs include Grow, Preserve and Move.