Outdoor Wilderness Fabrics Inc. was started by Ray & Betty Levis in 1981, in the small community of Nampa, Idaho, In an effort to get into business on their own, and having come ot the realization that it was nearly impossible for an individual or small company to purchase small amounts of oudoor material and hardware; they started OWF (a mail order company) to fill the gap. To start out they placed an ad in a National magazine and then added 5 - 6 more ads shortly thereafter. Currently most advertising is done on the web and through word of mouth of our loyal customers.
Ray and Betty Levis with their daughter Lynn
Betty & Ray started with three or four rolls of fabric and some basic hardware and zippers. "We were small time people doing a big time job," says Betty who started counting hardware on the kitchen table, and cutting fabric on the living room floor. In 1996 they built a warehouse to hold all the fabrics, hardware, offices and ten employees.
In July of 2004, after 23 years building Outdoor Wilderness Fabrics into what it is today, Betty & Ray retired and passed the business to their daugheter Lynn and her husband Dale Maine.
Following Ray & Betty's example of walking in the "small businessman's" shoes, Dale & Lynn are very sesitive to your needs. OWF was designed to supply individuals and small businesses with what they need to make quality outdoor gear.