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      February 09, 2002:

-Ebonite Acquires Hammer Name And Faball's Technology

02/09/2002 - Ebonite International, Inc
      Ebonite International, Inc. continues to be the bowling industry's most proactive company with the acquisition of all rights to the Hammer brand name and its product technology from Faball Enterprises, announced William T. Scheid, president of Ebonite.

      Effective February 8, 2002, Ebonite International, Inc. will own the Hammer brand name. This brand was previously licensed to Faball USA. "Hammer is an icon brand in the bowling industry that, unfortunately, has not been able to maintain its technological edge over the past few years," said Scheid. "We strongly believe that there is still a large, core audience for this brand if the right product is developed and offered. It is our intent to revive Hammer and return it to its rightful place in the bowling market."

      Faball Enterprises was formed in 1978 by Johnny Wonders and Earl Widman. In 1981, they created the second urethane ball in the market and Hammer was born. After a PBA player was featured on a tournament telecast playing the ball, sales exploded.

      "We were the first to put a logo on the side of the ball. After that telecast, a revolution was born," said Wonders. "Our thick shell urethane was truly unique and could really perform. Our followers started calling themselves 'Hammerheads.'"

      In 1996, Faball Enterprises licensed the Hammer product name to Faball USA. This company has maintained the brand name since that time until its acquisition by Ebonite.

      "When you develop a product like Hammer, it's like giving birth to a child," said Wonders. "I am confident the brand is now in good hands with Ebonite International. I look for Hammer to become a force in the industry once again."

      Ebonite is committed to maintaining a separate identity for Hammer. "Hammer will be Hammer. It will have its own product development team to ensure that the balls have their own cutting edge technology and distinct look," said Scheid. "The followers of this brand have great expectations and we intend to meet them. Our company is a proponent of supporting and growing the sport. We believe in customer service for all of our customers and this will apply to Hammer's customers as well," he said.

      This is the second major acquisition by Ebonite International in the past year. In 2001, the company purchased Colorado-based Vantage Bowling Corporation, a leading capital equipment and replacement parts company.


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