Sports equipment maker Rawlings could be on the sale block

Rawlings Sporting Goods, the Town and Country-based sports equipment manufacturer, may soon have a new owner.

Rawlings’ owner, Hoboken, N.J.-based Newell Brands, announced plans Thursday to shed assets and close factories as it concentrates on nine core consumer divisions. Rawlings is among the group of companies it is “exploring strategic options for,” the company said in a statement.

Founded in St. Louis in 1887, Rawlings makes sporting equipment including baseball gloves and softball bats. It ended production of football helmets and football shoulder pads in 2015. The company previously made some custom baseball gloves at its plant in Washington, Mo., but no longer makes any baseball gloves in the United States. The factory remains open.

Rawlings is the official baseball supplier and official helmet of Major League Baseball, the official baseball for the NCAA and the official uniform provider of USA Football and Team USA, according to the company.

Rawlings on Thursday confirmed it employed about 150 people in the St. Louis area and 1,200 globally. Rawlings declined to comment about a potential sale, referring questions to Newell.

Read more: St. Louis Post-Dispatch


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