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Kegel fights breast cancer with Pink Lane Machine

Donates $30,000 Kustodian Ion Sport to be auctioned off at the Bowl Expo's Salute to Champions

2011KegelPinkLaneMachine_small.jpgKegel joins the fight against breast cancer with a pink lane machine to be auctioned off at the 2011 International Bowl Expo, bowling's largest industry event. In 2006, Virginia Wright, who founded the Beverly J. Wright Memorial Tournament, has been able to donate thousands of dollars to fund breast cancer research. Thanks to the effort and enthusiasm of Wright, Kegel has decided to take their support for her tournament one step further.

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Strike Ten Entertainment and ASG Bowl Team up to form National Bowling Partnership

StrikeTenEntertainmentLogo.jpgStrike Ten Entertainment (STE) and ASG Bowl have announced a strategic partnership bringing the world of bowling and insurance together like never before. This agreement is designed to benefit proprietors, expand their businesses and officially establish ASG Bowl as the official insurance partner of STE through 2015. With STE's support, ASG Bowl will become the industry leader and foster the growth of bowling in America through implementing initiatives across an array of capacities.

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Lane #1 announces balls for the Mini-Eliminators

Lane1Logo_small.jpg The Scratch and Handicap Mini-Eliminators and Lane #1 announced today the two balls that will be given out at the South Point in Las Vegas February 2-6. All Marathon and Mini Marathon bowlers will receive the Time Bomb Black Fire with their entry package. All bowlers purchasing a Lane #1 Shootout entry will receive the brand new Boom'R-ang. The South Point Hotel & Casino will be hosting the Minis and is offering bowlers a special rate of $49 midweek and $79 weekend.

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Kegel announces Sales and Marketing promotions

2011KegelGusFalgien_small.jpgKegel has announced the promotions of Gus Falgien to Vice President of Sales and Erin Wall to Marketing Coordinator. Falgien (pictured) began his bowling career in 1987 and has held a number of positions within the industry, including working as a laneman for both the PBA and PWBA Tours, a mechanic for AMF Bowling Centers and Brunswick Recreation Centers, and is currently a member of the WTBA Technical Committee. Falgien brings twenty-four years of bowling experience to his new position.

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Dutch bowlers Wendy Kok, Nicole Sanders join Valcke/Brunswick player staff

2010ValckeStaffWendyKokNicoleSanders_small.jpgExclusive Brunswick distributor, Valcke Bowling Service, has added two of the top European female bowlers to its player staff. Effective immediately Dutch national team members Wendy Kok (l.) and Nicole Sanders (r.) will join the staff which is spearheaded by Gery Verbruggen, Belgium and Nina Flack, Sweden. Kok and Sanders, who are considered two of the most talented, young players in Europe, are currently second and fourth on the European Bowling Tour women's rankings, respectively.



BPAA signs groundbreaking sponsorship agreement with Jani-King

World's largest commercial Cleaning Franchise Company becomes "Official Cleaning Provider"

2010BPAALogo_small.jpgJaniKingLogo_small.jpgThe BPAA today announced that worldwide leader in cleaning Jani-King International has signed a multi-year partnership to become the "Official Cleaning Provider of the BPAA." The partnership brings together the largest and most respected leaders in their respective business sectors in an agreement that is international in scope.

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PBA and Brunswick announce renewed three-year sponsorship agreement

Brunswick to continue as official lane maintenance and capital equipment supplier for PBA Tours

BrunswickLogo_mini.jpgPBA1958Logo_mini.jpgThe Professional Bowlers Association and Brunswick Bowling & Billiards have announced a three-year extension of Brunswick's sponsorship of the Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour and Senior Tour as official lane maintenance and capital equipment supplier. The PBA Tour kicked off its 2010-11 season recently with the PBA World Series of Bowling at the South Point Bowling Center in Las Vegas.

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Kegel names Chris Chartrand as President

2010KegelPresidentChrisChartrand_small.jpgKegel, a leader in developing bowling lane products and services, has announced the promotion of Chris Chartrand (pictured) to President, effective immediately. He will be responsible for Kegel's strategic direction and daily operations. Chartrand joined Kegel in 1999 when the company began its own branded line of lane machines. He was instrumental in building Kegel's worldwide distribution network and formally created the marketing and sales division. In 2003 Chartrand became the Vice President of Marketing and Sales.



BPAA names Bart Burger Vice President of Business Development

BPAA advancing on strategic goals of operational excellence and member focus

2010BPAALogo_small.jpgThe Bowling Proprietors' Association of America (BPAA) has announced that it has appointed K. Bart Burger to serve as VP of Business Development, effective November 8, 2010. Burger joins the BPAA after a long and successful career with Brunswick Bowling. Having spent more than 25 years with one of the industry-leading bowling retailers and manufacturers,

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Kegel's FiZZiON pet stain product reaches #1 on

Bowling Lane Maintenance Company develops most environmentally friendly cleaning agent

2010MWCKegelLogo_small.jpgKegelFizzion2pack_small.jpgThe newest and most economical approach to attacking pet stains and odor has come from the leading bowling lane maintenance company, Kegel. While researching FiZZiON lane cleaner, a bowling lane cleaner that utilizes the power of carbon dioxide in a water soluble tablet, a breakthrough in protein based stain fighting was born. Since its launch into the pet market in 2009, FiZZiON has won numerous awards.

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Bowling Industry unites in a groundbreaking partnership to support Youth Bowling

YESLogo_small.jpgIn a groundbreaking agreement, leaders of the nation's largest bowling manufacturers will partner with the Bowling Proprietors' Association of America and the United States Bowling Congress to create a new funding source dedicated to youth bowling development and marketing. The new Youth Education Services (YES) Fund is a joint initiative of BPAA, USBC and The Bowling Foundation. Programs initiated through the YES Fund will be led by BPAA Director of Youth Chad Murphy.

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Two new student unions include four-lane bowling centers

DartonCollegeBowlingCenter_small.jpgInterest in youth bowling and collegiate bowling – not only competitively, but also recreationally – is on the rise. And now, two new separate student unions will offer students bowling to meet this growing interest. Darton College, Albany, Ga., recently completed its new student union. Deemed a place of entertainment, rest, and relaxation, Darton's student union has four Brunswick-equipped bowling lanes (pictured), including Pro Lane™, Frameworx® furniture, GS-X™ pinsetters and Vector® scoring equipment.

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MOTIV™ advances to the PBA National All-Tour Program

MotivLogo_small.jpg It hasn't even been two years yet and, already, the MOTIV™ brand of bowling balls is surpassing expectations. This success has allowed the company to step up their game with the PBA and advance registration to the national level. For the 2010-2011 bowling season, MOTIV™ equipment will be registered under the All-Tour Competition program. This allows MOTIV™ equipment to be used, not only in regional and senior PBA competition, but in national events as well.

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Valcke becomes exclusive distributor for Brunswick products in the Netherlands

ValckeBowlingServiceLogo_small.jpgValcke Bowling Service has announced it has entered into an agreement to become the exclusive distributor for Brunswick in the Netherlands. In addition to marketing Brunswick products in the French-speaking market, Valcke will also serve the complete Dutch-speaking market in Europe. Owner Luc Valcke was understandably very happy about the agreement, particularly as it came just in time for the upcoming 2010-11 league season.

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Japanese bowling center chain opens flagship center in the United States

Receives 2010 Center of Excellence Award from Brunswick

20100902RoundOneBowlingLA_small.jpgJapan's leading bowling center chain has opened its first bowling center in the United States, and its emergence into the U.S. market has impelled Brunswick Bowling to honor Round One Entertainment with the 2010 Brunswick Center of Excellence Award, which was presented recently at the grand opening of Round 1 Bowling and Amusement near Los Angeles. This first American store was built in the Puente Hills Mall, using Round One's Japan facilities as a prototype.

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Kegel Training Center Europe NL opens doors in Dolfijn Bowling Tilburg

2010MWCKegelLogo_small.jpgThe Kegel Training Center and Dolfijn Bowling in Tilburg, Netherlands, have announced the Grand Opening of Kegel Training Center Europe NL. This new facility is located inside Dolfijn Bowlingcentrum, in Tilburg, Netherlands. The new training center will feature the latest in bowling coaching tools such as Dartfish video software with HD cameras and 4 lanes of Computer Aided Tracking System or (C.A.T.S.).

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Brunswick Bowling and Dexter Shoe Company to end licensing partnership

Strikeforce Bowling to assume licensing of shoes

BrunswickLogo_mini.jpgBrunswick Bowling announced today that its licensing relationship with Dexter Shoe Company will terminate at the end of 2010. Dexter has been the official shoe licensee for Brunswick Bowling for 14 years, and will continue to support the Brunswick brand throughout the remainder of the 2010/2011 season. Strikeforce Bowling will become the new shoe licensee for Brunswick effective Jan., 1, 2011.

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QubicaAMF Vice President Ron Wood relocates back to the U.S

QAMFVPRonWood_small.jpgAfter living four and a half years in Europe, Ron Wood (pictured left), Vice President of International Sales and Service for QubicaAMF Worldwide, and his family have relocated back to the US. Ron's role and responsibilities remain unchanged. He continues to be responsible for QubicaAMF's sales and service operations in Europe, the Middle East, Asia, Africa and Australia. Ron is now working from the QubicaAMF headquarters in Mechanicsville, VA, and will travel internationally on a routine basis.

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QubicaAMF launches new technical support site for customers

Self-help website provides customers online access to product related technical information

QAMFLogo_small.jpgQubicaAMF Worldwide has introduced a new Tech Support Customer Portal, which is a dedicated area of the QubicaAMF website devoted to supporting customers' technical needs. Officially launching this month, the portal is designed to provide customers access to technical information relating to scoring and management systems, pinspotters, front end products, amusement and aftermarket products. A self-help area for customers, the Customer Portal contains Training Modules, Troubleshooting Guides, How-To Videos, Manuals and Parts Catalogs.

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QubicaAMF names Roger Creamer Regional Sales Manager for the UK Market

2010RSMUKRogeCreamer_small.jpgQubicaAMF Worldwide has announced today a recent change in its International Sales organization. Designed to improve the coordination of sales efforts in key markets, Roger Creamer (pictured) has assumed responsibility as Regional Sales Manager for the UK market effective immediately. This change is an added responsibility as Roger will retain his role as Regional Sales Manager in the Middle East and continue to support distributors and agents in that region.

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