Business

Layoffs Confirmed, Strategic Plans to Be Unveiled at Ebonite

February 27th, 2015 by bobjohnson | Comments Off

There have been layoffs this week at Ebonite International, the Hopkinsville, Ky.-based manufacturer of bowling balls and other bowling equipment. Through postings on their Facebook pages, Bowlers Journal has confirmed the layoffs of ball designer Ron Hickland and Group Marketing Director-Communications Bugsy Kelly. Multiple sources also say that Group Marketing Director Ed Gallagher was included […]


Chinese Bowling Foundation: Key to the Olympics?

February 25th, 2015 by bobjohnson | Comments Off

Brunswick Bowling has joined forces with World Bowling, the international governing body of the sport of bowling, and with the Chinese Bowling Association to establish the new Chinese Bowling Foundation. The Foundation’s mission is to more actively promote and publicize the game of bowling throughout the People’s Republic of China. The Chinese bowling boom of […]


Brunswick, Longmarch Expand Relationship in China

February 25th, 2015 by bobjohnson | Comments Off

Brunswick Bowling today announced a new partnership with Longmarch Bowling of Shanghai to provide additional distribution of Brunswick’s bowling products into the People’s Republic of China. China ranks high on the list of global growth markets for the bowling industry, and Longmarch Bowling is led by a man who is known as one of the […]


Boston Bowl Completes Major Renovation

February 25th, 2015 by bobjohnson | Comments Off

Boston Bowl, a landmark entertainment destination in Boston, Mass., for generations, completed a $650,000 renovation in November, and now is positioned to take full advantage of it with procurement of a full liquor license. The extensive makeover includes an all-new “Xperience,” a 3,000-square-foot private space for boutique bowling that features contemporary decor, six tenpin bowling […]


BPAA Staffer Gutkowski Killed in Motorcycle Accident

February 23rd, 2015 by bobjohnson | Comments Off

BPAA Staffer Gutkowski Killed in Motorcycle Accident

Sherry Gutkowski, National Exhibit Sales Manager for the Bowling Proprietors’ Association of America, was killed in a motorcycle accident over the weekend. According to a report in the Dallas Morning News, Gutkowski was testing driving a motorcycle in a private parking lot adjacent to a motorcycle dealership in Carrollton, Texas, when she hit a curb, […]


PBA, Rolltech Team Up to Provide Unique Stats

February 23rd, 2015 by bobjohnson | Comments Off

Rolltech Inc. and the Professional Bowlers Association have joined forces to change the way fans interact with the sport and their favorite bowlers. Over the past two years, Rolltech has been working with the PBA to provide enhanced live scoring and statistical data for PBA Tour events. The company is now the PBA’s exclusive provider […]


Michigan Proprietor Frank Molinaro Jr. Dies

February 23rd, 2015 by bobjohnson | Comments Off

Michigan bowling center owner Frank Molinaro Jr. passed away on Feb. 10, Bowlers Journal has learned. He was 83. Molinaro opened Jonesville (Mich.) Lanes in 1960. Fifteen years later, in that same city, he opened L&J Lanes, which he operated with sons Mark and Matt until his passing. The L stood for Litchfield, and the […]


One Colorado Center Is Moving Into Another

February 23rd, 2015 by bobjohnson | Comments Off

Can the spirit of a long-established, successful bowling center be re-created within the four walls of a struggling center? That question will be addressed later this year when 63-year-old Elitch Lanes in Denver, moves into Western Bowl in Arvada, Colo. Elitch Lanes owner Cal Eichinger told the Denver Post that the building which houses Elitch […]


Iowa Center Now Off Limits to Minors After 10 p.m.

February 23rd, 2015 by bobjohnson | Comments Off

Minors can still visit Colonial Lanes in Iowa City, Iowa after 10 p.m. — but only if they are accompanied by a parent or guardian. According to KORG.com, the restriction was placed on the center after minors were served alcoholic beverages twice within a one-year period. “We are not under the belief that Colonial Lanes […]


Owner Hopes to Relocate Rochester Center in April 2016

February 22nd, 2015 by bobjohnson | Comments Off

These days, bowling centers often are shut down without a moment’s notice, angering the long-established clientele and sometimes even surprising the center manager. That will not be the case at Clover Lanes in Rochester N.Y., however. According to a report in the Democrat & Chronicle newspaper, the 50-lane center will have one more season at […]



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