The Columbia Sportswear Company, designer and manufacturer of active outdoor apparel and footwear, announced today the official launch of its Sorel division and the lineup of Sorel footwear for Fall 2001. The ew product line will be available in some areas as early as June 2001. The company also announced that it had appointed Bill Berta as general manager of the Sorel division. Berta was named interim general manager in October 2000, and he will now exclusively manage product direction for the Sorel brand.