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February 18, 2016
HOUSTON, TX (February 15, 2016) – Masterline USA (Masterline) is pleased to announce the purchase of Eagle Sports (Eagle) which will now join Quantum Skis as a subsidiary of Masterline.
Eagle has a long history as a leading wetsuit manufacturer in the water ski, show ski and barefoot industries. It is best known for it’s high quality, superior fitting barefoot suits with exceptional graphics. In recent years, Eagle has expanded into the competition ski vest market with great success and its Comp Vest is the choice of World Champions and World Records Holders such as Nate Smith, Regina Jaquess, Ryan Dodd and Thomas Degasperi. Eagle is also the choice of the leading show ski teams because of its full range of padded suits, vests and wetsuits all made in the USA, customizable in fit and graphics to the unique needs of each team.
Masterline President Russell Gay stated, “We are very happy about this acquisition and excited about the future. Eagle’s products are category leaders and its product line will be a perfect compliment to Masterline’s current offering of ropes, handles, gloves, travel bags and Quantum Skis. We are a product driven company that likes to have complete control of our manufacturing so that we can ensure quality products that we are proud to use ourselves. We are pleased with the quality of the workers at Eagle and the manufacturing process that is in place.”
The manufacturing will remain in Houston, TX. Chuck Gleason, the previous owner, will remain onboard and assist on new product development, Eagle's technologies and manufacturing processes. Russell added, “We feel that the processes that Chuck and Michele have implemented are very strong. He has state of the art equipment and installed 3D design and modeling software that allows us to create new designs, grade the size patterns and send these direct to a high speed cutting machine or laser to precision cut our material for the best fitting and most consistent suits.” When asked why he sold Eagle Sports, Chuck replied, "I've spent 8 years taking Eagle from a very manual operation to a state of the art digital process utilizing the latest technologies. I've learned a lot along the way. Most importantly that you can't grow as fast by yourself as you can as a team. Masterline's need for a high quality wetsuit line, and their desire to continue manufacturing in the United States, their experience supporting the same markets as we do, make them a perfect match and thus builds a much stronger team."
Eagle also offers a full graphics and printing department with capabilities in screen, pad and dye-sub printing. Eagle’s printing and cut and sew production offers many opportunities to produce additional products for our dealers. Eagle can print t-shirts or promotional items, manufacture and custom print UV shirts, rash guards and event bibs. In recent years, Eagle has been proud to produce the bibs for the leading water ski tournaments in the world including the Masters, US Open and Big Dawg series.
About Masterline: Celebrating over 25 years of excellence in the industry, Masterline is a Florida-based company. The Masterline family also includes Quantum Skis and Eagle Wetsuits. Masterline ropes have pulled all of the current world records. Quantum skis has a claim to the World Trick Record set by Aliaksei Zharnasek at 12,570 points. Anna Gay also won the US Open and World Championships on a Quantum in 2015. For more information please visit www.masterlineusa.com. To learn more about Eagle and its complete product line, visit www.eaglesports.com.
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