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 (, 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:

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 […]

Fire Destroys North Carolina Center

November 21st, 2013 by bobjohnson | Comments Off

A bowling center and skating rink that had served the community of North Wilkesboro, N.C., for more than 60 years was destroyed in a fire Saturday night. The cause of the blaze was under investigation; fire fighters suspected propane heaters in the back of the building, according to this story ( from WFMY News.

Kokomo Center Owner Hopes to Reopen Within a Week

November 21st, 2013 by bobjohnson | Comments Off

Kokomo Sport Bowl in Kokomo, Ind., was among many businesses badly damaged by the tornado that hit the community on Sunday. When part of the center’s roof blew off, debris was scattered across the lanes. Local high school bowlers volunteered to help clean up the facility, and owner Gary Brown said he hoped to reopen […]

Clark takes over day-to-day operations of PBA

September 3rd, 2013 by bobjohnson | Comments Off

After nearly two years as Chief Executive Officer of the Professional Bowlers Assn., Geoff Reiss announced Monday that he is transitioning from his role to join the organization’s board of directors, effective Sept. 9. Commissioner Tom Clark will assume day-to-day management responsibility for the PBA. “Tom’s vast experience and passion for the sport of bowling give […]

Hardie joins Bowlmor AMF

July 9th, 2013 by bobjohnson | Comments Off

Warren Hardie, who retired as President of Brunswick Bowling & Billiards in 2011, has been named Chief Operating Officer of the newly formed Bowlmor AMF. Hardie brings experience in both manufacturing and bowling center operations to his new post, having also formerly served as Brunswick’s President of Bowling Retail. Bowlmor AMF is a merger of […]

Dave Husted Named BJI Proprietor of the Year for 2013

June 15th, 2013 by bobjohnson | Comments Off

2013 WILL MAKE 33 YEARS. A third of a century. Over three-fifths of Dave Husted’s life. The Dave Husted Invitational is the longest running of any PBA regional tournament or any PBA tournament of any kind at a single site. In 1980, Husted was only a couple years into his PBA career. The growing PBA […]

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