Business

Update: Why Brunswick Is Exiting the Bowling Business

July 17th, 2014 by bobjohnson | Comments Off

It was the hottest rumor making the rounds at International Bowl Expo in Orlando, and now it has been confirmed: Brunswick is getting out of the bowling business. Expo rumors centered around Brunswick selling its bowling centers to Bowlmor AMF, a company formed when Bowlmor acquired the AMF-branded center chain. Now, the company has announced […]


Brunswick Centers Price Tag: $270 Million

July 17th, 2014 by bobjohnson | Comments Off

It was the hottest rumor making the rounds at International Bowl Expo in Orlando, and now it has been confirmed: Brunswick is getting out of the bowling business. Expo rumors centered around Brunswick selling its bowling centers to Bowlmor AMF, a company formed when Bowlmor acquired the AMF-branded center chain. Now, the company has announced […]


Update: Brunswick Sells Bowling Centers, Seeks Buyer for Bowling Products Division

July 17th, 2014 by bobjohnson | Comments Off

It was the hottest rumor making the rounds at International Bowl Expo in Orlando, and now it has been confirmed: Brunswick is getting out of the bowling business. Expo rumors centered around Brunswick selling its bowling centers to Bowlmor AMF, a company formed when Bowlmor acquired the AMF-branded center chain. Now, the company has announced […]


Brunswick to Exit Bowling Business

July 17th, 2014 by bobjohnson | Comments Off

Brunswick Corporation has announced that it will sell its bowling center division to Bowlmor AMF, and that it has put its bowling products division up for sale. Check back momentarily for full details.


Barry Sanders to Appear at Bowl Expo

June 4th, 2014 by bobjohnson | Comments Off

The 2014 Annual Meeting of the Bowling Proprietors’ Association of America will take place on Monday, June 23 at the Rosen Shingle Creek Resort in Orlando, Fla. The tentative agenda, officer and board of director candidate biographies, as well as proposed bylaw amendments have been mailed to all members and also are available online for review in the MyBPAA section at […]


Storm Announces Global Investment, New Titles

February 24th, 2014 by bobjohnson | Comments Off

Storm principals Bill and Barb Chrisman have made an investment in Global Manufacturing, the San Antonio, Texas-based bowling ball manufacturer, according to BJI’s business-to-business Cyber Report. Global Manufacturing, which manufactures and distributes 900 Global and 3G Shoes products, will continue to operate as an independent business, with Mike Sellers overseeing day-to-day operations. Storm also announced that […]


Walker to Join SMART Board, Replacing Hansell

January 15th, 2014 by bobjohnson | Comments Off

John Walker, President and Chief Executive Officer of QubicaAMF Worldwide, will join the SMART Corporation Board of Directors, effective this month. Walker replaces attorney and financial consultant Sandy Hansell, who is retiring from the SMART Board. SMART is a scholarship management program for youth bowlers. “On behalf of the SMART Board, I want to thank […]


Center Destroyed in Tornado Won’t Be Rebuilt

December 20th, 2013 by bobjohnson | Comments Off

AMF Moore Lanes, destroyed by the massive tornado that tore through the Oklahoma town on May 20, will not be rebuilt. According to this report (http://newsok.com/moore-bowling-center-wont-be-rebuilt-after-tornado/article/3914419), Bowlmor AMF has sold the property on which the center sat to a group of investors for $1.2 million. Plans call for it to be developed for some sort […]


Listen to PBS Interview on BJI’s 100th Anniversary

December 12th, 2013 by bobjohnson | Comments Off

Luby Publishing Inc. President and Bowlers Journal “Leading Off” columnist Keith Hamilton was a guest Wednesday on the National Public Radio program, “Marketplace.” He was interviewed by host Kai Ryssdal, and talked about how bowling has evolved in recent years. You can listen to the conversation here: http://www.marketplace.org/topics/business/not-every-print-magazine-dying-heres-one-thats-100-years-old.


Vacant Warehouse to Become Bowling Center?

November 21st, 2013 by bobjohnson | Comments Off

A vacant warehouse in Southington, Conn., 20 miles southwest of Hartford, could soon be reborn as a bowling-based entertainment center. According to this report, the Southington Planning and Zoning Commission has approved a site plan that would transform the 30,000-square-foot warehouse into a facility with 19 bowling lanes, a few bocce courts, a restaurant and […]



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