Visionary to Manufacture Seismic High-Performance Balls

by Bob Johnson 0

Seismic Bowling has signed an exclusive contract with the owners of Visionary Bowling Products for the manufacture of all Seismic-branded high-performance bowling balls.

Seismic Bowling has been designing high-performance balls, geared toward helping bowlers of all levels, since 2009, with a particular focus on creating extremely strong-rolling balls through advanced core engineering.

“We are very excited to be working with Visionary to continue producing some of the best performing bowling balls in the industry,” said Ryan Press, Director of Global Sales at Seismic. “The manufacturing experience which Visionary will bring to the table, combined with their company ethos which so closely matches our own, makes them the perfect manufacturing partner for our company.”

Visionary Bowling Products is owned and operated by a family that founded Faball Enterprises and the Hammer brand. (Hammer is now a registered trademark of Ebonite.)

“Seismic is one of the fastest growing brands in the bowling market, and working with a company that shares many of the same core values should make for an ideal pairing,” said Jason Wonders, Vice President of Marketing for Visionary. “We look forward to making their innovative designs a reality, and providing them with equipment that has passed the highest quality-control standards in the industry.”

The move to Visionary Bowling Products will include a move of Seismic’s primary distribution point to St Louis, Mo.

“In addition to manufacturing, our new distribution deal will improve service and shipping times to our pro shop customers and distributors,” said Press. “We have spent the last year restructuring, planning and repositioning our company to enter the 2016-17 season with renewed vigor and appetite for success.”

Seismic will reveal its first release under the new contract this month, with a release date in September.

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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