Company Snapshot: Under Armour Inc.
AK, AL, AZ, CA, CO, CT, DE, FL,
GA, IA, IL, IN, KS, LA, MA, ME,
MD, MI, MN, MS, MO, NH, NV,
NY, NJ, NC, NM, OH, OK, OR, PA,
SC, TN, TX, UT, VA, VT, WA, WI
Kevin Plank, CEO
Byron Adams Jr., Chief Performance Officer
Under Armour is a sportswear and casual apparel company. In late 2007, the company opened its first retail location in Annapolis, Maryland. Under Armour has since opened over 100 specialty stores and factory outlet locations in 39 states.
The Under Armour brand began after extensive research on the athletic benefits of synthetic fabrics and a design for the first Under Armour HeatGear T-shirt. The company’s founder, Kevin Plank, designed this revolutionary new t-shirt built from microfibers that wicked moisture and kept athletes cool, dry, and light. The buzz spread quickly and it wasn’t long before major competing brands such as Nike, Adidas and Reebok followed with their own version of moisture-wicking apparel.
Under Armour continues to be a leader in innovative sportswear and apparel. Ranked in Chain Store Guide’s Top 100 Apparel Retailers, Under Armour has grown exponentially every year. More information on Under Armour and its locations can be found in Chain Store Guide’s database of Apparel Specialty Stores.
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