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PrideSports® Merges With MacNeill Engineering”MacNeill Pride Group” Will Be World’s Leading Sports Traction Company

BRENTWOOD, Tenn., January 17, 2017… PrideSports®, a global manufacturer and provider of golf traction elements, golf tees and other golf related accessories, today announced that it has merged with MacNeill Engineering, maker of CHAMP® spikes, to create a new holding company, MacNeill Pride Group. The new company will be the largest global designer, manufacturer and distributor of replaceable sport and industrial cleats and other golf accessories.

PrideSports®, a portfolio company of middle-market private equity firm Centre Partners, is a leading supplier of golf cleats, golf tees and accessories to OEMs, retailers and pro shops worldwide, and is the largest American producer of wooden tees out of its manufacturing operations in the state of Maine. MacNeill Engineering is a Marlborough, MA based manufacturer and provider of metal and plastic traction components found in shoes across a broad range of sports – including football, baseball, soccer, track, lacrosse, rugby, cricket and golf. A fourth-generation family business, MacNeill Engineering was founded in 1931 by Harold MacNeill and over the last eighty years has evolved into the preeminent supplier of traction elements to the world’s largest sports footwear companies.

“The merger of PrideSports and MacNeill Engineering is an exciting development for everyone associated with our companies,” said Joe Zeller, President and CEO of the newly combined entity. “PrideSports will take the best of both organizations to provide world-class traction technology across a myriad of field sports. The CHAMP® brand is globally renowned for its performance in golf, soccer, football, track and other field sports and we look forward to bringing it together with our Softspikes® line of golf cleats and accessories. We will continue to look for opportunities that help to position the company for enhanced growth and performance in the future.”

Harris MacNeill, President and CEO of MacNeill Engineering, said, “Both companies have a deep history of innovation in the sports industry and the merged PrideSports will position the new entity for continued success. Original equipment manufacturers, retailers and athletes will all benefit from strengthened R&D, increased distribution, reduced SKU counts, and a robust infrastructure that enhances customer service.”

The newly merged company will be headquartered at PrideSports’ existing offices in Brentwood, Tennessee. Each brand will maintain its respective identity following the merger, with CHAMP’s PiviX, Zarma and Stinger cleats, as well as Softspikes’ Pulsar, Silver Tornado and Stealth models, all boasting unique attributes to serve individual customer preference. Both brands have won top awards from Golf Digest, GOLF Magazine, World Soccer, Soccer America, Baseball America and other key media outlets. Together, MacNeill Pride Group will look to grow upon this legacy.

State-of-the-art, premium cleats and fastening systems from CHAMP® and Softspikes® are used by professional and amateur athletes around the world and regularly worn by competitors in the Olympics, World Series, Super Bowl, FIFA World Cup, Ryder Cup and other high-profile events. Products are designed for the unique rigors of golf, soccer, baseball, football, track & field, and many other sports, with technologies and applications that extend into cycling, fishing, ice sports and industrial segments.

About MacNeill Pride Group
Headquartered in Brentwood, TN with offices across America, Europe and Asia, MacNeill Pride Group provides traction elements and retention systems to athletic footwear manufacturers around the globe as well providing its CHAMP® and Softspikes® branded products to retail channels worldwide – maintaining a preeminent position within golf, soccer, baseball, football and other sports. In addition, the Company provides a full line of golf accessories and is the largest producer and distributor of golf tees in the world, with brands including Pride Golf Tee®, Pride Professional Tee System® (PTS) and Zarma Fly Tee®

 

 

CHAMP Spikes Trusted By Winners of Australian Open and DP World Tour Championship

CHAMP/MacNeill Engineering Worldwide – The World Leader in Sport Cleat Technology® and maker of innovative CHAMP spikes – confirms the winners of the Australian Open and DP World Tour Championship trusted the company’s popular spikes.

The 23-year-old Texas native sank a 10 foot birdie putt on the first hole of a three-man playoff to clinch his eighth professional title at the Royal Sydney Golf Club in Sydney, Australia. Throughout the tournament, he relied on the PiviX Spike’s six anti-clogging legs and spring-flex traction technology to provide optimum traction and comfort.

In Dubai at the DP World Tour Championship, the 22-year-old British champion trusted the ProStinger en route to his fourth European Tour victory. The spike’s hardened steel tip, high impact polymer and soft, pliable, green friendly material combine to provide and unsurpassed combination of traction and durability.

“Our spikes being trusted by various champions across the globe speak to the high level of quality and performance our equipment provides,” says Harris MacNeill, President and CEO of CHAMP/MacNeill Engineering Worldwide. “CHAMP spikes provide the traction, durability and comfort necessary for players achieve the confidence they need to perform at the highest levels.”

Beyond its wide range of technically-advanced spikes, the company’s signature products include the Zarma FLYtee™ series and innovative C Grips line. Designed with a strong emphasis on technical innovation and game-improving performance, the C Grips collection and FLYtee product lines both continue to gain a loyal following with players on the global tours who recognize their superior feel, durability and performance characteristics.

For more information: www.champgolf.com, 1-800-OK-CHAMP.

 

CHAMP ProStinger Spike Trusted by Winner of Sanderson Farms Championship

CHAMP/MacNeill Engineering Worldwide – The World Leader in Sport Cleat Technology® and maker of innovative CHAMP spikes – announces the winner of the Sanderson Farms Championship used the company’s ProStinger spike, renowned for providing both superior traction and durability.

The 26-year-old Dallas, Texas native captured his first PGA Tour title with a four-shot victory at the Country Club of Jackson in Jackson, Mississippi. Combining a hardened steel tip for ultimate traction, a high impact polymer for durability and a soft pliable green friendly material, the ProStinger model provides golfers with unsurpassed traction in all weather conditions without sacrificing comfort. The spike also features the company’s revolutionary SLIM-Lok System®, which allows shoe manufacturers to create lighter, stronger and lower profile designs to get golfers closer to the turf for improved stability, feel and balance.

“When a player is in the midst of a high-pressure situation like searching for their first Tour win, it is important that they can trust their equipment,” says Harris MacNeill, President and CEO of CHAMP/MacNeill Engineering Worldwide. “CHAMP spikes provide an unsurpassed combination of traction and comfort that ensures golfers can concentrate on delivering championship-level play.”

Beyond its wide range of technically-advanced spikes, the company’s signature products include the Zarma FLYtee™ series and innovative C Grips line. Designed with a strong emphasis on technical innovation and game-improving performance, the C Grips collection has gained a loyal following among players who recognize its superior feel, durability and performance characteristics.

For more information: www.champgolf.com, 1-800-OK-CHAMP.

 

CHAMP Spikes Trusted by Winner of British Masters

CHAMP/MacNeill Engineering Worldwide – The World Leader in Sport Cleat Technology® and maker of innovative CHAMP spikes – announces the winner and three of the top-five finishers at the British Masters used the company’s popular spikes.

The 34-year-old Swede trusted CHAMP’s popular ScorpionSTINGER spikes to help capture his third European Tour title of the year with a two-shot victory at The Grove in Hertfordshire, England. The spike’s spring-flex traction provides optimum gripping ability while the green friendly design minimizes marks on the putting surface.

“This young player is having a remarkable season, a sign that he is supremely confident in both his swing and the equipment he uses each week,” says Harris MacNeill, President and CEO of CHAMP/MacNeill Engineering Worldwide. “CHAMP spikes provide maximum traction, durability and comfort to help players achieve the confidence needed to perform at the highest levels.”

Beyond its wide range of technically-advanced spikes, the company’s signature products include the Zarma FLYtee™ series and innovative C Grips line. Designed with a strong emphasis on technical innovation and game-improving performance, the C Grips collection has gained a loyal following among players who recognize its superior feel, durability and performance characteristics.

For more information: www.champspikes.com, 1-800-OK-CHAMP.