New face at Colorado Yurt Company

We are pleased to announce that Doug Severson has joined our team as Production Manager. Doug is a seasoned production professional with decades of experience helping companies implement lean manufacturing principles.

Doug Severson

Mr. Severson’s experience includes nearly ten years at Chaco Sandals, formerly in Paonia, Colorado where he rose through the ranks to Director of Operations. His background in process and quality control led the company through its major growth period–coordinating facility expansion, managing supplier relationships, and training a local staff of nearly 100 in the Japanese manufacturing technique of Gemba Kaizen, the concept of continuous improvement.

From semiconductors to vacuum systems to photolithography to helping start-up companies with their strategic operations plans, Doug steps into his position at the Colorado Yurt Company with the experience and energy required to help take the brand to new heights.

Bart, working on camp tents

Dan Kigar, Co-Founder and owner of Colorado Yurt Company expressed his excitement, “Doug brings a tremendous amount of experience with him–and his positive and lasting effect on our staff and our product was immediate. Within days, he was showing us ways to improve our processes and in instances where we thought, ‘that’s impossible,’ Doug, in his ever calm and collected demeanor, showed us what was possible.”

Peter welding a yurt roof

“I’m genuinely happy to work with such amazing people on such a great product line–I get to help a wonderful company make people’s dreams come true. It’s not every day that many people can say that,” said Severson.

The Colorado Yurt Company continues its remarkable journey this month by delivering a major order of 200 tents and 100 tipis to the 275,000 attendee-strong, Coachella Music Festival in Indio, California.


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