PTX Performance Products Acquires Skate-Mate
Increases Presence in the Sports Industry
Jerseyville, On –Ontario based PTX Performance Products Inc., manufacturer
and worldwide distributor of specialized support and protective equipment,
apparel and accessories for the sports and apparel industries today acquired
Skate-Mate/HMF Enterprises of Newmarket Ontario, a leading accessory supplier for hockey, figure skating and
PTX President and CEO, Fred Nykamp says, “ This is a perfect fit for
both companies. Our Protex brand has a rich history based on the invention
of the original athletic support in Guelph in 1927 and Skate-Mate provides
innovative and complementary products for similar markets in Canada and
around the world. Combining our products and brands will mean a broader
selection of products, better pricing, and a more strategic use of the
family of brands, and distribution.”
Skate-Mate Founder and President, Brent Hotham says, “ This is a truly
great development for Skate-Mate and between the two companies, will allow
us to more aggressively develop new products in more categories and broaden
our distribution into new markets. This is a win-win for both companies
and most importantly, for our customers.”
Looking ahead, Nykamp says, “ We look forward to working with Mr. Hotham
at Skate-Mate to significantly grow the brands and businesses.”
“For now, both companies will continue to operate from their current Ontario locations; PTX in Jerseyville and Skate-Mate in Newmarket,” says Nykamp. He adds, “At some point these could be combined to increase efficiencies and improve logistics and other business processes. We’ll announce details as they develop.”
About PTX Performance Products Inc:
PTX Performance Inc. is the owner of the Protex, PTX, Slash Kuffs, PTXPro brands and Licensee of TPS Hockey, which manufactures, and distributes worldwide, specialized support and protective equipment, apparel and accessories for the sports and apparel industries.
Skate-Mate was founded in 1988 with the invention of the original Skate-Mate nylon mesh skate blade protector. Since then, the company has developed an innovative line of products for hockey, recreational skating and figure skating and enjoys a leading position in the marketplace in this category.
For more information
President, PTX Performance Products Inc.
Phone: (905) 648-3040
www.protex-ptx.com and www.skate-mate.com
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