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BRG Sports to lay off 53, close Manchester Township facility

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A maker of sports gear and accessories will be laying off 53 people and closing its York County facility by October.

BRG Sports Inc. will lay off the workers at its distribution facility at 57 Grumbach Road, Manchester Township, effective Oct. 3, according to a WARN notice filed with Labor and Industry and appearing this week on the department’s website. The company announced it was closing the facility June 30.

“This difficult but necessary decision to close the facility follows a comprehensive review of the BRG Sports footprint and an evaluation of how to leverage the resources and available capacity at the company’s new, expanded Rantoul, Ill. operations,” the company said in a news release.

The York facility is BRG Sports' only wholly owned facility. It was purchased by American Recreation in 1984, which later became Bell Sports in 1993 through a merger, according to the release.

The York County facility distributed Bell and Easton Baseball/Softball products. The company sold its Easton Baseball/Softball line to Bauer Performance Sports for $330 million in February. The Bell distribution will shift to Rantoul, according to the release.

“We’ve had roots in York as a company for many years and our employees there are some of the best you’ll find,” Lewis Hornsby, vice president of global logistics and fulfillment, said in the release. “These decisions are never easy. Moving the York distribution to Rantoul allows us to maximize our investment in the state-of-the-art facility there and function more efficiently as a company from a distribution standpoint.”

The company, which until April had been known as Easton-Bell Sports Inc., designs, develops and markets sports equipment and accessories for athletic performance and protection, according to the company’s website. The company’s brand portfolio includes Bell, Riddell, Giro and Blackburn. Products are made for football, snow, cycling, action and power sports.

The corporate headquarters is in Scotts Valley, Calif., and there are 32 locations worldwide, according to the company website.

Joseph Deinlein

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Ron September 25, 2014 2:55 pm

This is a real shame. This is one of 3 Facilities that are closing operations in this area.

This Distribution Center has easy access to Rt. 83 where you can easily move products up and down the Eastern Corridor. Not sure how moving the operation to Illinois is cost effective. I guess the customers will have to pay premium shipping now to get something the next day if you live in the Mid-Atlantic or the Northeast.

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