PE-backed Big Rock Sports buys fishing tackle distributor KTL Canada

The Canadian affiliate of Big Rock Sports LLC has acquired KTL Canada Inc, a fishing tackle and outdoor recreation distribution company based in Mississauga, Ontario. No financial terms were disclosed. Based in Graham, North Carolina, Big Rock is an outdoor sporting goods distributor in North America. It said the acquisition will expand its presence in the Canadian market. Big Rock is a portfolio investment of U.S. private equity firm Bison Capital Asset Management. Bison and Big Rock management bought the business in 2007.


Big Rock Sports, Canada Acquires KTL Canada

October 5, 2015

GRAHAM, NC—Officials from Big Rock Sports, Canada announced today that the outdoor distributor has acquired KTL Canada, a fishing tackle distributor based in Mississauga, ON. The acquisition will greatly expand KTL Canada’s product offering and enable the distributor to supply its customers with a wider assortment of products in both the fishing and shooting sports categories.

KTL Canada’s management, sales and customer service teams and all current employees will remain intact at KTL’s current facility in Mississauga. Day-to-day operations at KTL Canada will continue to be managed by Director of Operations Shawn Glowka.

“Our number one priority at KTL Canada is, and has always been, our customers,” said Glowka. “Joining forces with Big Rock Sports, Canada enables us to continue providing our customers the same personalized service from the people they know and trust while giving them access to the largest outdoor sporting goods product offering in Canada.”

Big Rock Sports expanded into western Canada by acquiring Inland Pacific in 2011. This acquisition gave Canadian outdoor retailers access to a greatly expanded assortment of shooting sports and fishing products as well as business-building resources. Over the last 12 months, Big Rock Sports, Canada has continued to invest in its western Canada operations by adding sales representatives to the fishing, camping and marine team and by opening a new warehouse with an expanded West Coast assortment.

“With the acquisition of KTL Canada, our combined sales teams can provide manufacturers and customers alike with a national footprint, while maintaining regional tackle assortment expertise,” said Andy Melville, President of Big Rock Sports, Canada. “We are proud to support KTL Canada and all of their customers with additional products and services.”

About KTL Canada

KTL Canada is a leading fishing tackle and outdoor recreation distribution company in Eastern Canada focused on providing exceptional service to retailers. KTL, which stands for Knowledge, Trust and Loyalty, is known throughout Canada as an innovator in fishing tackle distribution. For 32 years, KTL has hosted Canada’s longest-running outdoor retailer booking show.

About Big Rock Sports, Canada

Canada’s premier outdoor sporting goods distributor, Big Rock Sports, Canada, and parent company Big Rock Sports, LLC, are focused on supplying more than 15,000 retailers with the best products from over 1,200 manufacturers as well as the tools needed to navigate the complexity of today’s marketplace. The company is strongly committed to protecting the rights of hunters, anglers and all outdoor enthusiasts. Big Rock Sports, Canada is a privately held company headquartered in Barrie, Canada.

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