PMI discontinues distribution relationship with Tippmann

February 20, 2006 (PRLEAP.COM) Sports News
Des Plaines, IL. (February 20th, 2006) – Pursuit Marketing Inc. (PMI), the pioneers of the Sport of Paintball since its inception in 1982, announced today that it has not renewed its distribution agreement with Tippmann Sports, LLC of Fort Wayne, IN. The current agreement expires March 8th, 2006 however PMI will have sufficient inventory of Tippmann product to sell through the spring season.

Jeff Perlmutter, President of PMI expressed “The primary reason PMI has made a conscious decision to wind down their value added marketing and distribution efforts for Tippmann products was based upon the fact that, without continued growth in demand for paintball products that has existed over the past 24 years, there needs to be increased new product innovation while delivering better value to consumers and better margins for retailers. This criteria has not been met for PMI and its customers with Tippmann products.”

PMI is the largest “wholesale only” manufacturer and distributor with more than 40 top brands of paintball products including RPS, Pure Energy, Evil, Extreme Rage, Piranha, Marbalizer, SportShot, Halo, BT Designs, and most recently PCS Tactical Gear. PMI’s product offerings encompass all categories utilized for the Sport of Paintball, which includes markers, paintballs, goggle systems, apparel, air and gas systems.

PMI has seven strategically located distribution facilities across North America as well as one in England to support the expanding European market. With PMI’s unmatched distribution network they are able to provide the widest selection of in stock products for all paintball retailers, commercial gamefields, mass market and sporting goods retailers throughout the world.

PMI has and will continue to invest significant resources in order to deliver the latest technology and product development advancements. One such PMI product line that showcases the result of their tireless R & D effort is the Pursuit Combat Systems (PCS) US*5 semi-automatic marker with patent pending Advanced Electronic Clip (AEC). This PCS marker is modeled after the world famous H&K MP5 machine gun with select fire trigger group. With the strong consumer interest in military styled markers for scenario games as well as backyard plinking PMI’s PCS line of products addresses this market segment with the US*5, the first of a number of highly durable and reliable military styled paintball markers that incorporate innovative unique technology and still offer great value to consumers while offering attractive margins to paintball retailers who have been faced with significant challenges in 2005. PMI plans to release a full line of accessories for the new US*5 including a variety of tactical stocks, various barrel kits, accessory rail kits and foregrips, all due to be in stock by spring.

For more information regarding PMI or this notice please contact: Michael Lukas at Pursuit Marketing Inc. 800-334-0502 ext 547 or via e-mail at or by visiting the company’s website,