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Brian Hickey named Vice President of Operations at Ebonite International

2011EboniteBrianHickey_small.jpgBrian Hickey, former Director of Quality and Manufacturing at Ebonite International, has been promoted to the company's Vice President of Operations, effective immediately. His new position will add the areas of Materials/Purchasing, Scheduling and Distribution to his current responsibilities managing operations at the Hopkinsville, Ky., plant. Hickey has nearly twenty years of tenure at Ebonite. Over the years, Hickey was a crucial factor in brand acquisition, including Columbia 300 and Track, and the recent move of pin production from Mexico to Hopkinsville.



Contributions to the Game - John Davis

By Ted Thompson

JohnDavisCEOKegel_small.jpg"I have no special gift - I am only passionately curious". Albert Einstein
Some refer to John Davis (pictured) as a genius in the field of lane maintenance and bowling. Davis however will tell you the same as Einstein; it was his fervent curiosity that led him to his inventions and a successful career in the bowling industry. His curiosity is even ingrained into his company's mission statement – "we research the sport of bowling to find solutions, create products, and provide systems to enhance the sport of bowling."

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Storm signs U.S. Women's Open winner Hulsenberg to Storm Staff of Champions

2011USWOLeanneHulsenberg3_small.jpgStorm has announced that long-time Ebonite staff member and 2011 U.S. Women's Open winner Leanne Barrette-Hulsenberg (pictured with the green jacket and the trophy) is now part of the Storm staff of champions. Leanne joins a well-recognized women's staff that includes Diandra Asbaty, Shannon O'Keefe, Tammy Turner, and others. "I have known Leanne for a long time," commented Chris Schlemer, Storm's Tour Consultant. "It's great to have her and her family join team Storm."

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BBIA unveils bowling's first cooperative industry catalog


After a decade of discussion, the Billiard & Bowling Institute of America (BBIA) will publish bowling's first cooperative industry catalog. The catalog will contain various brands and product lines for consumer, supply and capital equipment products. You must be a member of BBIA to participate in the catalog, which will ship on July 1, 2012 and cover the 2012-13 bowling season (will also be available at Bowl Expo). BBIA has contracted Luby Publishing to manage the entire project.

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Judy Soutar retiring after more than 50 years with Brunswick

2011JudySoutar_small.jpgAt the end of the 2012 Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) Senior Tour, Judy Soutar will be saying good-bye to her fellow bowlers, proprietors and friends after more than 50 years in bowling. In her 52 years in the sport, Soutar bowled as a Brunswick pro bowler for 30 years on the Professional Women's Bowling Association (PWBA) tour. She then extended that to 22 additional years as the Brunswick Senior tour representative, including five years on the PWBA tour.

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Storm celebrates 20 years of making bowling balls

2011oeHardy20YearsatStorm_small.jpgStorm Products, Inc celebrates twenty years of making bowling balls. High Score Products (HSP) was originally founded in 1985 to sell a cleaner called U Clean/U Score Urethane Bowling Ball Cleaner, but it wasn't until 1991 that an opportunity to make bowling balls presented itself to owner Bill Chrisman. HSP produced their first bowling balls in 1991. In 1994, the company name was changed to Storm Products, Inc. and the company just celebrated its first 20-year employee, Joe Hardy (pictured).

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Brunswick signs Walter Ray Williams Jr. to Pro Staff


Hall of Famer and professional bowling all-time leading title winner, Walter Ray Williams Jr., has joined the Brunswick Pro Staff. Williams joins an elite team of bowlers representing Brunswick on the Professional Bowlers Association Tour (PBA): Parker Bohn III, Ryan Ciminelli, Chris Loschetter, Sean Rash, and Tom Smallwood. Williams, who has been named PBA Player of the Year a record seven times, says winning 47 PBA tour titles is the accomplishment he is most proud of.

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Storm and Dexter join forces for new performance and athletic line

StormLogo_small.jpg2011DexterLogo_small.jpgStorm Products, Inc. and Dexter Bowling have announced an official partnership to create a new line of licensed Storm footwear. Under the agreement, Dexter, makers of the world's #1 bowling shoe, will design and manufacture a new line of performance and athletic footwear for Storm; the first-ever footwear line for the market-leading ball, bag, and accessory maker.

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High 5 Gear secures the "First Family of Bowling" - Chris and Lynda Barnes


High 5 Gear has announced that professional bowler Chris Barnes of Double Oak, Texas, has signed on to be the first professional male member of High 5 Gear's Pro Staff. Chris Barnes, who has achieved bowling success across the globe and become one of the most recognizable faces in the industry, joins his wife, Lynda Barnes, on the High 5 Gear Staff. Chris Barnes, a 13-time champion and former Player of the Year, is the sixth player in PBA history who has completed the Triple Crown.

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Ronnie Russell is latest DV8 pro bowler

201011PBARonnieRussell_small.jpgRonnie "Country Boy" Russell (pictured) is ready to plow over the competition as the newest pro bowler to join the DV8 pro bowling staff. Russell, a right-handed bowler, who was ranked 15th on the 2010-2011 PBA Tour, is a native of Marion, Ind. Among his accomplishments, Russell had three top-ten finishes during the 2010-2011 season and cashed in 9 of 12 events. The 31-year-old joined the PBA in 2003 and has four PBA regional titles and seven career PBA 300 games.

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Phil Hulst joins Valcke staff; becomes new face of DV8 bowling brand

2011ValckePhilHulstDV8Misfit_small.jpgPhil Hulst of the Netherlands will become the new face of DV8 bowling, the new bowling brand that was introduced by Valcke Services in August. The 21-year-old joins world and European champion Gery Verbruggen of Belgium, Dutch national team members Wendy Kok and Nicole Sanders as well as French international Thierry Sacco as Valcke staff player.

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Storm signs Singapore's Remy Ong to International Staff


Storm Products, Inc. has announced that Remy Ong from Singapore, one of the premier bowlers in Asia, has signed a contract to represent Storm Products, Inc. Not only is Ong a highly respected bowler in his home country, but also around the world. Ong has numerous titles to his credit including three gold medals at the 2002 Asian Games and two gold medals at the 2006 Men's World Championships. In 2007, Ong was voted Singapore's "Sportsman of the Year".



USBC and Kegel extend partnership through 2013

Kegel continues as the "official lane maintenance provider" for all USBC tournaments

USBCLogow_small.jpg2011Kegel30yearLogo_small.jpgThe United States Bowling Congress and Kegel agreed recently to extend their exclusive partnership for two additional years, making Kegel the "official lane maintenance provider" for all USBC tournaments through 2013. Kegel has provided lane maintenance equipment and supplies as well as technical and on-site support for all USBC championship events since January 2006.

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Newly opened Bol Cariari sets new standards in Costa Rica

2011BolCariari3_small.jpg Bol Cariari, a 20 lane state-of-the-art bowling center (pictured right), has opened its doors in July 2011, in Heredia, Costa Rica, becoming the biggest bowling center of the country. Located 10 kilometers north of the country's capital, San José, Heredia is a city located in the Heredia province of Costa Rica and is the capital of that province. The 32,290 square feet facility set new standards for bowling entertainment in Costa Rica.

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Ebonite International spreads to Czech Republic

201109017EboniteXShopCZE_small.jpgEbonite International, Inc. has announced the appointment of X Shop Bowling S.R.O. of Prague, Czech Republic, as an Authorized Distributor for all Ebonite brands. X Shop will carry a large inventory of the entire Ebonite International line: "X Shop is the organization that we have been seeking in this exciting new bowling market to bring our brands to the market in the Czech Republic," said Mike Quitter, Vice President of Ebonite International.

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Ebonite International spreads to Poland

20110827EboniteGeMax_small.jpgEbonite International, Inc, the world's largest manufacturer of quality bowling balls, has announced the appointment of a new Authorized Distributor to serve the growing bowling market in Poland. GeMax Bowling Company, founded in 1993, has become the largest force in Polish Distribution with services to include Pro shop supplies, new center construction, lane maintenance supplies and equipment, and service parts. GeMax currently distributes all major independent bowling brands.

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Maryland Eastern Shore’s Kristina Frahm wins PBA Billy Welu Scholarship

Oswego, Illinois native is four-time All-American, three-time women’s collegiate team champion

2011WeluScholarshipKristinaFrahm_small.jpg Kristina Frahm of Oswego, Ill., who helped the University of Maryland Eastern Shore win a pair of NCAA Women’s Bowling Championships and a USBC Intercollegiate Team Championships title as part of her four-year reign as a collegiate All-American, has been selected as winner of the Professional Bowler Association’s 2011 Billy Welu Scholarship. Frahm, who recently graduated from Maryland Eastern Shore with a 3.955 grade point average in earning her degree in accounting, is headed to Salisbury University in Salisbury, Md., this fall in pursuit of her MBA.

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Hamilton elected chairman of the International Bowling Museum and Hall of Fame

201IBMHOFLogo_small.jpgKeith Hamilton, President of Luby Publishing, Inc, has been elected Chairman and President of the International Bowling Museum and Hall of Fame, replacing Pat Ciniello who served as chairman since 2007. Ciniello remains on the board. Hamilton was Vice President under Ciniello and played a key role in the creation of the new museum and hall of fame. John Walker, President of QubicaAMF, has been named the vice chairman of the museum. The other members of the executive committee remain unchanged.

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Andres Gomez to join Storm International Sales Team

201011PBAAndresGomez_small.jpgStorm Products, Inc. has announced the addition of PBA exempt player and Storm pro staff member, Andres Gomez (pictured) of Colombia to their international sales team as a sales consultant. During the 2010-11 PBA season, Gomez appeared in two televised finals including a fourth place finish at the Tournament of Champions. Gomez will concentrate his efforts in Central and South America. He will work around the PBA tour schedule to attend and participate in key events in the region.

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SEGA and QubicaAMF form strategic alliance to expand service to the leisure industry

Fresh ideas, a large sales network and premium product lines.

SEGAAmusementsLogo_small.jpg2011QubicaAMFLogo_small.jpgSEGA Amusements Europe Ltd. and QubicaAMF Worldwide, two of the largest amusements and bowling equipment providers in the world, have announced the beginning of a newly formed strategic alliance. This fusion between the two leaders will reinforce the distribution coverage and boost investor's businesses with expanded product offerings.

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