Entering the competitive sports and fitness industry nearly 35 years ago, Nike is a major manufacturer of athletic shoes, apparel and sports equipment. The company takes its name from the Greek goddess of victory. Nike s acquired businesses include Cole Haan, Bauer Nike Hockey, Hurley International and Converse. It also manages the Exeter Brands Group, including the Starter, Team Starter and Asphalt brand names. Nike is the master licensee of the Shaq and Dunkman brands. Operating on six continents, the company employs approximately 24,300 associates. It has facilities in Oregon, Tennessee, North Carolina and the Netherlands, and maintains leased properties for more than 15 Niketowns, 200 Nike Factory Stores, 12 NikeWomen stores and in excess of 100 sales and administrative offices. Nike maintains its international headquarters in Beaverton, Ore. The company has a location in Riverhead, N.Y.