In a lot of ways, L.L.Bean is synonymous with the state of Maine – from our flagship store on the Maine coast to our famous boots designed for New England duck hunting, to our flannel shirts and rugged outerwear designed for Maine winters. But it might surprise you to know just how far from Maine we’ve put down roots. We’re a global, international company, with stores in the US, China and Japan, and customers around the world. In addition to more than 5,000 year-round employees here in the US, there are also hundreds of L.L.Bean employees hard at work in offices in Hong Kong and Costa Rica.
No matter how far they are from our home in Freeport, Maine, these employees stay true to our New England ethos and our founding principles. Our supply chain offices in Costa Rica, for example, are located more than two thousand miles away from Freeport – but they’ve always been part of the L.L.Bean way of doing things, including making time to enjoy the outdoors.
This past April, a group of employees in the Costa Rican office headed off for a five-day adventure in Corcovado National Park in Costa Rica. Nearly 25 percent of Costa Rica is protected as national parks, and this is their largest – considered to be the crown jewel of the country’s biological reserves. National Geographic magazine has even called it “the most biologically intense place on Earth in terms of biodiversity.”
With L.L.Bean equipment and gear, the group hiked to a biological station located right in the middle of a 164-square-mile tropical rain forest. This station served as their shelter for three days, and during this time they spotted macaws, wild pigs, four different types of monkeys, sloths and the endangered and beautiful tapir.
“It was a true outdoor experience since we had to walk in the middle of the forest for about eight hours to reach the biological station,” said supply chain employee Fabian R. “Realizing that we were in the middle of nowhere, in direct contact with nature, was an extreme and humbling experience.”