KR Strikeforce Acquires Lind Shoe Company

by Bob Johnson 0

Strikeforce Bowling, LLC has announced the acquisition of the Lind Shoe Company. Linds has served the industry with quality shoes and other products since 1919.

With this acquisition, Strikeforce Bowling will continue Linds’s operations to provide rental shoes and other products to the bowling industry. For the foreseeable near future, the operation will continue in Linds’s Somerset, Wis., facility. Customer service will transfer to Strikeforce in Broadview, Ill. The Linds sales staff will continue to service customers.

“We’re very proud to welcome the Linds brand to our growing family of Strikeforce quality products,” said Strikeforce President, Brad Handelman. “It is an honor to continue representing a quality company that has been in our industry for almost 100 years.”

Noted Jeff Lind, President of Lind Shoe Company: “Strikeforce Bowling is absolutely the right choice to acquire the Linds company. They are one of the most trusted names in the industry. We are passing my family’s torch after 100 years to a group of respected industry veterans.”

• Strikeforce Bowling, LLC is a leader and innovator in consumer bowling products. The privately held company is headquartered in Broadview, Ill. It is the parent company of KR Strikeforce, and Leading Edge Promotions. Strikeforce is the exclusive licensee of Ebonite International for bowling bags and accessories. For additional information on Strikeforce Bowling, LLC or the products it offers, visit or call 800-297-8555.

• The Lind Shoe Company has provided high-quality, performance shoes for bowlers for more than 90 years. Operating out of its Somerset, Wis., facility, the business specializes in the importation, selling, and distribution of a variety of quality bowling products including rental shoes, resale shoes, house balls, resale balls, bowling bags, bowling pins, steel bowling lockers, and a variety of pro shop accessories.


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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