Vargo Outdoors is known locally as a retail establishment selling outdoor apparel and accessories, but owner Brian Vargo is also the designer of an extensive line of "Vargo" gear. Student and staff engineering consultants of the Bucknell SBDC's Engineering Development Services have worked with Brian in the development of several of his innovative products. He taps their technical skills to refine his designs and to create virtual and proof of concept prototypes; then is able to advance rapidly to manufacture and launch of a new product.
Vargo now has over 60 branded products in worldwide distribution through retailers such as REI and Campmor. His Hexagon Titanium Stove was honored by an international jury of experts with an "OutDoor Industry Award." In 2012 the Lewisburg-based store launches a new location, triple the size of retail operations.