Ebonite adds pins

by Bob Johnson 0

Ebonite International has added bowling pins to its Bowling Center Direct offerings with its acquisition of Diamond Duramid Bowling Pins from IQ Bowling Industries, part of the BowlTech Group in Europe.

“This is a great strategic fit for our company,” Ebonite International Chief Executive Officer Randy Schickert said. “As we seek to grow our bowling center service product business, we can now add bowling pins to our existing lines of house balls and rental shoes.”

With the acquisition, Ebonite International will move the production of the bowling pins from a manufacturing facility in Mexico to its long-established facility in Hopkinsville, Ky.

The company also will be initiating a bowling center-focused sales function to service centers. Combined, these endeavors will add numerous new jobs to the company.

“In today’s economy, we are especially proud to be bringing jobs back to the United States,” Schickert said. “This is a real win-win for our company and for Hopkinsville.”

The Ebonite International product development team is already working on new bowling pin technology. The company plans to introduce a new design that will be considerably better than past products.

“As with everything we do, our bowling pins will be designed and manufactured to the highest possible standards,” Schickert said.

Ebonite Bowling Center Direct is the commercial product brand for Ebonite International. It includes consumable service products specifically for bowling centers.

Tom Hayes, who joined the company in July as product manager for non-ball consumer items, will serve as the brand manager for Ebonite Bowling Center Direct.

Bob Johnson

Bob Johnson has received more national writing awards than any other bowling writer — close to 70 over the course of his 40-year career. He began at age 16 as a staff writer and then assistant editor for the weekly Pacific Bowler newspaper in his native California, and within three years was writing feature stories for Bowlers Journal. He has written for the magazine ever since, except for a five-year span when he was hired as the founding editor of another magazine. He moved to Chicago in 2000 and spent 13 years in the Windy City, including five as Bowlers Journal’s Editor. In 1975, Johnson received the Robert E. Kennedy Award as California’s top undergraduate high school journalist. Five years earlier, on the lanes, he had shared the Bantam Division Doubles championship in the Orange County Junior Bowling Association Championships. Today, he continues to work full-time for Bowlers Journal as its Senior Editor, to write his popular “Strikes Me” column, and to edit Luby Publishing Inc.’s weekly business-to-business Cyber Report.