Global Manufacturing, EBD Strike Distribution Deal

by Bob Johnson 0

European Bowling Distribution, headquartered in the Netherlands, has annopunced a master distributor partnership with Global Manufacturing LLC in San Antonio, Texas.

EBD will handle all sales and shipping of 900 Global balls, bags and accessories throughout its distribution network in Europe and the Middle East, including Russia and North Africa.

Following many successful years of handling Storm and Roto Grip products, this was a “natural” decision following the Chrisman family’s investment in the San Antonio manufacturer, as well as the appointment of Bill Supper as Vice President, Sales and Marketing.

Hans Krol, CEO of EBD, said in a press release, “We are very pleased that we can add these great brands to our existing partnerships, making product access easier and more cost effective to the European markets. We appreciate the continued trust our manufacturing partners place in us.’’

Added Super: “Global Manufacturing LLC, the supplier of 900 Global bowling balls, bags and accessories, 3G shoes and AMF300, is very excited to partner with everyone at European Bowling Distribution. The brands of Global Manufacturing and the logistical distribution network of EBD is a perfect partnership, and we look forward to assisting everyone at EBD in promoting our brands in Europe.”

EBD’s goal is to better serve the European bowling industry through efficient and effective supply of bowling’s major brands. EBD provides distributors with immediately accessible products, helping to reduce the working capital needs of local distributors. EBD said it is confident Global Manufacturing LLC will be a valuable addition to the existing portfolio distributed by the company, which now includes 900 Global, AMF300, Dexter, Ebonite International, Kegel, QubicaAMF, Storm and Twister.

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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