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Hi-Tec Sports was founded in 1974 in Shoeburyness, Essex, England, by Frank Van Wezel. The company moved its headquarters to Southend on Sea, before moving its central office to Amsterdam.
Hi-Tec Sports USA, started in Modesto, CA in 1978 by Duke and Kathy Jones. They developed the first hiking boot lightweight. This became the main success of Hi-Tec Sports USA. Also developed and named the boot "Magnum". Duke and Kathy Jones sold Hi-Tec Sports USA, to Frank Van Wezel in 1990.
In 1988, the company went public on the London Stock exchange. Frank van Wezel bought the company in the year 2000.
In 2013, the founder and president of Hi-Tec, Frank van Wezel, received the honorary degree of Doctor of Business Administration by the Anglia Ruskin University.