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Old 04-06-2012, 12:52 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Valken Acquires SLY Equipment

April 6, 2012

VALKEN ACQUIRES SLY EQUIPMENT

Valken Inc. is pleased to announce that it has acquired SLY Equipment.

Effective immediately, Valken will be manufacturing, selling and distributing the entire line of Sly Equipment which includes the Profit and Annex goggle systems, the PRO-MERC S-12 lineup of softgoods, protective gear and luggage; and the Pro-Merc Carbon Fiber barrel systems.

Products currently in development include a new line of high-end SLY branded Goggles and TRAINING protective gear along with a new gun and loader that are due out later this year. Annex will see the release of a mid level goggle system and also full head coverage.

Gino Postorivo, President and CEO of Valken said, “We are excited and proud to add SLY to our expanding line of manufactured products. Sly’s innovation, quality and popularity throughout the paintball industry will provide a more diverse opportunity for Valken, and the players, alike.” “Ken Anderson and his team will staying on as consultants and will be spearheading the SLY Division”, added Postorivo.

Ken Anderson, President of SLY LLC said. “A lot of companies chose to downsize and cut back on investment during the recession. We did the opposite and pushed ahead aggressively thinking that if we continue to put great products in front of our customers, they would continue to support us. We also realized very quickly that we needed to find the best way to distribute our products, and Valken opened the door for us.

Ken Anderson, his new role as Valken’s New Product Specialist said “The acquisition of SLY Equipment by Valken opens up more avenues for rapid development, vast distribution and integrated marketing and we’re glad to be part of the Valken team.” We have a lot of great new products in the works!”

As an added value for their customers, Valken can now combine shipments of paint, goggles, plastics, loaders and soft-goods at their Hong Kong facility, making for more-timely and less expensive worldwide distribution of these items.
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Old 04-06-2012, 12:56 PM   #2 (permalink)
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i wonder how much money SLY got of of this. It seems like a pretty good move, as valken seems to be trying to expand into other sports and SLY was just a small paintball niché
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Well, Valken has been distributing for Sly for over a year now, so it doesn't really come as a surprise that they folded them into the company, and with Sly Making the Profit masks in matching shades to the new Valken Line, the writing was sort of on the wall for this.
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Just another reason for me to never buy any SLY products....
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Just another reason for me to never buy any SLY products....
why is that?
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Old 04-06-2012, 01:37 PM   #6 (permalink)
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why is that?
Because I won't spend a dime on any Valken products.... Ever... I think that company from the top down, is shady...

I used to own a SLY barrel kit, but wasn't too impressed... I also owned a pair of SLY Profits... They had so much "ear protection" that you couldn't hear anything... And I needs to hear my team...

So I already had SOME reasons to not buy their stuff... Now I have a reason to never even LOOK at it again... It's Valken

IMHO, Valken is the devil

BTW, your sig is awesome! And, i see you are from Lafayette, IN?? That's where I was born! At Home hospital... Go Boilermakers!
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yep i live a few blocks from that very building. It got shut down 2 years ago and they built a new one off of Creasy. they're turning home into some sot of assisted living building as I recall.

what makes Valken the devil?
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yep i live a few blocks from that very building. It got shut down 2 years ago and they built a new one off of Creasy. they're turning home into some sot of assisted living building as I recall.

what makes Valken the devil?
Thats cool... I moved away when I was a baby... My dad was going to Purdue... I went back back there once when I was 22 or so... Seemed like a nice town...

Without slandering anyone personally... Because they ARE very sue happy... The corporate execs of that company don't care about the player, one bit... They care about making money.... They never come up with any original ideas... They try to acquire smaller paintball companies, then when they own them, they take over the direction... A lot of times "pushing out" the INVENTORS of the products... And leaving them high and dry... Any company that gets acquired, like SLY or Mokal or whoever, should really watch their backs... And watch what happens over the next few years... It's like signing a contract with the devil...

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Thats cool... I moved away when I was a baby... My dad was going to Purdue... I went back back there once when I was 22 or so... Seemed like a nice town...

Without slandering anyone personally... Because they ARE very sue happy... The corporate execs of that company don't care about the player, one bit... They care about making money.... They never come up with any original ideas... They try to acquire smaller paintball companies, then when they own them, they take over the direction... A lot of times "pushing out" the INVENTORS of the products... And leaving them high and dry... Any company that gets acquired, like SLY or Mokal or whoever, should really watch their backs... And watch what happens over the next few years... It's like signing a contract with the devil...

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The corporate execs of that company don't care about the player, one bit... They care about making money.... They never come up with any original ideas... They try to acquire smaller paintball companies, then when they own them, they take over the direction...
In my opinion

Well, being that I know a few of the execs at Valken and actually play paintball with them a couple of times a year, I have to say that the above statement is patently untrue. As to caring about making money, that's called business. And acquiring smaller companies because KEE, Tippmann and GI/DXS/ProCaps haven't done the same thing, right? Taking over the direction is what you do when you acquire a business that is going under, you take over the direction and attempt to make it succeed.
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