Ebonite Announces Alliance With Jayhawk

by Bob Johnson 0

Ebonite International has announced an alliance with Jayhawk Bowling Supply to manufacture, market and sell Ebonite’s PowerHouse brand of pro shop heavy equipment — mills, drills, cabinet spinners, resurfacing machines, etc.

With this partnership, Jayhawk will assume technical assistance for all existing PowerHouse heavy equipment products, and has the rights to use the PowerHouse name for future heavy equipment products. The traditional non-heavy PowerHouse-branded equipment will still be managed through Ebonite International, overseen by Mike Stewart, Product Manager, Non-Ball Categories.

“We recognize PowerHouse as a leader and a perfect complement to our Jayhawk branded products,” said John Hardman, President of Jayhawk. “With the power of Ebonite International’s stable of brands and the strong history of the quality and performance of the PowerHouse products, we couldn’t be more excited about this agreement.

“Russ Wilson and our crew at Jayhawk look forward to combining these new products into our existing portfolio of products and services to provide the best pro shop support in the industry,” he added.

Randy Schickert, CEO of Ebonite International said, “Our core focus is to continue to produce the best bowling products possible. By partnering with a quality company like Jayhawk, we are assured the PowerHouse brand will continue to be a valuable brand in our portfolio as we are ‘building the best brands in bowling.’ Jayhawk is the best in the industry at bowling’s heavy equipment, and having their knowledge, talent, sales force and craftsmanship, it is a perfect partnership.”

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.

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