High Sierra Announces Acquisition of Brand Name Trademark from European Company

May 25, 2007 (PRLEAP.COM) Media News
VERNON HILLS, IL – High Sierra Sport Company today announced that it acquired the official European trademark in a few remaining countries of the company’s self-titled brand name (High Sierra Sport Company) from IIC- INTERSPORT International Corporation/ INTERSPORT-Group, enabling High Sierra to sell its products in all European markets.

“High Sierra is a private, family-owned organization that has made a tremendous impact on the industry for 30 years,” said Hank Bernbaum, president of High Sierra Sport Company. “As a result of the purchase, High Sierra Sport Company is now officially an international company and brand name.” Purchase price of the sale is undisclosed.

High Sierra Sport Company—a leading manufacturer of soft-sided bags and luggage— plans to expand selling in those European markets affected by the acquisition in the very near future. Research indicates that many consumers are eager to experience the High Sierra brand in Europe. The acquisition is the final phase in High Sierra’s journey of solidifying itself as a leading global outdoor brand.

“Expanding throughout the European market is something we have been planning and developing for many years now,” said Bryan Kinsley, chief operating officer/senior vice president of sales for High Sierra Sport Company. “We continually evaluate new markets for our products.”

INTERSPORT International Corporation is the purchasing and management company of the INTERSPORT-Group. With its retail turnover of EUR 7.7 billion and more than 4800 associated retailers in 32 countries, INTERSPORT has the worldwide leading position in the sporting goods retail market. The company was established in 1968.

For more information on INTERSPORT International Corporation, please visit www.intersport.com.

For more information on High Sierra Sport Company, please call 1 (800) 323-9590 or visit www.highsierrasport.com.

About High Sierra Sport Company
High Sierra Sport Company (HSSC), specializing in user-friendly adventure travel gear, offers versatile lines tailored for outdoor enthusiasts, skiers and snowboarders, travelers, students and professionals looking for the smart choice in durable and functional backpacks, duffels, and wheeled luggage.

The official supplier of bags and luggage for the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Team, High Sierra’s memberships include the Outdoor Industry Association (OIA), Sporting Goods Manufacturers Association (SGMA), SnowSports Industries America (SIA) and the Luggage and Leather Goods Association of America (LLGAA).

For more information, please call 1-800-323-9590 or visit www.highsierrasport.com.

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