Sparx Hockey Named to Inc. 500 List of America’s Fastest Growing Companies
Innovative Hockey Company is Top-Ranked Sports Brand and Fastest Growing Company in New England
ACTON, Mass. – August 14, 2019 – Sparx Hockey, inventor of the revolutionary Sparx Skate Sharpener, has been named to the 2019 Inc. 500 list, the most prestigious ranking of America’s fastest growing private companies. The company’s incredible growth propelled Sparx Hockey to the No. 56 ranking on this year’s list and is the highest-ranking sports and fitness brand as well as the fastest growing company in both Massachusetts and New England.
The Inc. 500 list is an elite subset of the Inc. 5000, which represents a unique look at the most successful companies within America’s most dynamic segment of the economy — independent small and mid-sized businesses. Companies such as Zappos, Under Armour, Microsoft, GoPro, Pandora, Timberland, Clif Bar, Patagonia, LinkedIn, Yelp, Zillow, and many other well-known names were previously on the list.
“When I founded Sparx, my goal was to turn the archaic, hazardous, time-consuming and often low quality skate sharpening process into a consumer-friendly product that would allow anyone, anywhere, with no prior skate sharpening experience, to easily and quickly sharpen hockey and figure skates at pro-level quality,” said Russ Layton, CEO and Founder, Sparx Hockey. “To now be named to the Inc. 500 is not only a proud moment for me, but also for our entire team. Everyone at Sparx has worked so hard to turn this idea into a reality and create one of the most innovative products in the sports equipment industry.”
The Sparx Sharpener is an affordable, high quality automated skate sharpener that is now used by thousands of customers around the world, including individuals, families, professional and amateur teams, rink operators and retailers. Major retail customers include DICK’s Sporting Goods, Canadian Tire, Scheels, and Pro Hockey Life to name a few. In addition, more than 25 National Hockey League teams are using the Sparx Sharpener and the company recently expanded its distribution to Europe and Russia.
“We have experienced tremendous growth over the past three years, but we have really just scratched the surface of our potential global customer base. We truly believe anyone who skates recreationally, plays hockey or is involved with figure skating should be a Sparx customer,” Layton said. “With our recent expansion outside of North American and a full pipeline of future innovative products, we are well positioned to significantly increase our current growth trajectory.”
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For more information about Sparx Hockey or to purchase the Sparx Skate Sharpener, visit www.sparxhockey.com.
About Sparx Hockey
Sparx Hockey is a privately held corporation located in Acton, Massachusetts. Sparx Hockey is a developer and manufacturer of skate sharpening equipment and related accessories for ice hockey, figure skating and sled hockey. Sparx Hockey products are currently being used by thousands of players and skaters from youth to professional levels. The company is focused on building a leadership position in skate sharpening by providing customers with the most advanced, accurate and easy to use skate sharpening equipment on the planet. For more information, please visit www.sparxhockey.com
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