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Easton-Bell Sports of Van Nuys buys Talon Lacrosse

Van Nuys sporting equipment maker Easton-Bell Sports has acquired lacrosse goods manufacturer Talon Lacrosse for an undisclosed amount, the companies said today.

The deal will result in a new Easton Lacrosse division, to be based in Scotts Valley, Calif. The more than 2,000 employees at Easton-Bell currently produce equipment for sports including baseball, ice hockey, cycling and football.

Talon co-founders Doug Appleton, Cort Kim and Blake Kim, who launched the private firm in San Carlos in 2005, will move to the new division, where Appleton will serve as general manager. The company produces items such as shafts, heads and endcaps, which together form the lacrosse stick.

Easton-Bell markets and licenses products under brands including Easton, Bell, Riddell, Giro and Blackburn. It has about 30 locations. Net sales totaled $775.5 million in 2008 and $724.6 million in 2007.

-- Tiffany Hsu

 
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