In May 2017, Columbia Sportswear will relocate the headquarters of Sorel and 45 employees to the downtown area of Portland, Oregon, but it will keep its own global head office in Washington County, where it moved from downtown Portland in 2001. Columbia bought Sorel in 2000. Tim Boyle, chief executive of Columbia, says that a downtown presence can attract employees who prefer a more urban lifestyle and a shorter commute at a time when Sorel is developing an urban-outdoor line of boots.