Since 1916, Tacoma-based Rite in the Rain has been making weather-resistant paper products for outdoor professionals, growing out of a need for the logging industry to have a paper that would survive harsh conditions. Originally operating out of the home of creators Jerry and Mary Darling, Rite in the Rain now has more than 60 employees and uses 12 to 15 miles of paper a day — all of which is dipped in the company’s patented, environmentally responsible coating to create writing paper that sheds water and allows people to write anywhere (including underwater). The paper is recyclable and raw materials are U.S.-sourced, with many coming from local sources, such as the military-grade canvas covers for its products that are made in Lakewood. Rite in the Rain makes many sizes and styles of its beloved field notebooks and its primary customers are field scientists, construction workers, and military and first responders. Innovative products have been created in response to customer requests, such as geological notebooks that have special pages for mapping, charting, and sediment data; field interview notebooks for police; targets for the military; and a proprietary ink for pens that works with its paper (along with pencils). It also has recreational items for outdoor enthusiasts, including golf notebooks, birders journals, expedition journals, a special line for scuba divers, and recently added kitchen recipe cards and index cards that local breweries use. Said Product Manager Jim Kopriva: “Our story is best told by the people who use it — from people exploring far-off lands to those protecting us here at home.  Through rain, sweat, snow, grease, and mud, Rite in the Rain products have now battled Mother Nature for more than a century. Our staff are committed and accountable to quality down the line, and they are proud of our history of listening to our customer and creating a product that is built to outlast the most rigorous conditions.”