TIPPMANN TOPS INDEPENDENT SURVEY OF PAINTBALL DEALERS

04/15/2010

Company rated highest in all key categories, including brand name recognition and overall quality

FORT WAYNE, IN (April 15, 2010) – A recent independent survey sponsored by the Sporting Goods Manufacturers Association (SGMA), ranked Tippmann Sports as the leading brand and supplier in paintball. The late 2009 survey, conducted by Sports Marketing Surveys, was issued to a nationwide panel of paintball dealers and fields – more than 100 total dealers and fields, large and small, participated. The dealers and fields were asked various questions about their business and about the brands they carry in each product category. They were also asked to rate each brand they carry on several attributes. Tippmann Sports topped the survey in each of the following key marker categories: brand distribution, market share and hottest selling brand. In addition, the company ranked first in each of the following overall supplier and brand categories: customer service, brand name recognition, overall quality, consumer demand, dealer confidence and overall supplier average. Tippmann’s U.S. Army brand also scored well in the marker category with a number two ranking, behind Tippmann, in both brand distribution and market share.

“The results of this survey are very important to us because maintaining the respect and support of paintball dealers and fields is critical to our success,” said Howard Kosick, President and CEO for Tippmann Sports. “We truly appreciate the high rankings and we’re very glad Tippmann comes out on top when it comes to brand recognition, customer service, overall quality and consumer demand – that’s certainly encouraging news. It was also nice to see the US Army brand rank so highly in such a short period of time.”  Kosick added, “There are several formable competitors in this industry and for Tippmann to rank first in virtually every key category is a tremendous reward to all of our employees who strive every day to make our company better.”

SGMA, the trade association of leading industry sports and fitness brands, enhances industry vitality and fosters sports and fitness participation through research, thought leadership, product promotion and public policy. SGMA produces the industry leading National Health Through Fitness Day on Capitol Hill as well as represents the industry on trade and consumer issues.

Sports Marketing Surveys specializes in providing market insight and strategic consultancy within the sports, sponsorship, leisure, and tourism industries. Additional details about the organization can be obtained at www.sportsmarketingsurveys.com.

For more than 20 years, Tippmann Sports has been dedicated to quality manufacturing and the pursuit of cutting-edge technology and design. The company serves the paintball industry from its headquarters and manufacturing facility in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Tippmann Sports’ complete line of paintball markers and related accessories can be found at paintball stores and fields as well as mass retail and sporting goods outlets throughout the world.

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