Reinforcing its commitment to enable more consumers to experience the Yakima brand of innovative cargo management solutions, Yakima Products Inc. today announced its acquisition of RACKandROLLâ„¢, LLC (www.rackandroll.com), a manufacturer of high performance multi-sport trailers based in Frederick, Maryland. Appealing to multi-sport outdoor enthusiasts, paddlers, cyclists and family campers, Yakima RACKandROLLâ„¢ trailers and accessories will enable consumers to apply Yakima's broad line of top of car gear management solutions for transporting kayaks, bikes, camping equipment and other cargo to high performance multi-sport trailers. With the addition of trailers to its existing line of premium cargo management equipment offerings, Yakima provides consumers with the most innovative, smart choices for carrying their outdoor gear. The trailers, branded Yakima RACKandROLL, will be sold through RACKandROLL's existing distribution and current Yakima dealers effective immediately.
â€œWe continually strive to bring the smartest cargo management solutions to market to meet the needs of paddlers, cyclists, campers and outdoor enthusiasts seeking the easiest ways to transport their gear,â€ said Jerry Heinlen, CEO of Yakima. â€œRACKandROLL trailers are an excellent fit with the Yakima brand, our consumers, our customers, and our business model. Adding RACKandROLL to our Yakima family enables us to immediately provide more solutions to every consumer segment we serve, especially active females and baby boomers. Significant synergies in manufacturing and distribution between RACKandROLL trailers and current Yakima product offerings will allow us to integrate this new business quickly. Most important, the new Yakima RACKandROLL line of trailers clearly supports Yakima's position as the premium brand in the cargo management equipment category and gives our customers and business partners new ways to grow their business in 2009 and beyond.â€
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John Koch, former CEO of RACKandROLL, will stay involved and remain available to facilitate a seamless transfer of goods and services. RACKandROLL's current customer service team will continue to support the business for the next 30 days, at which point, all customer service and other business processes will be managed by YakimaÂ®.
The Yakima RACKandROLL multi-sport trailers feature the most premium design of any trailer on the market, boasting a sleek and stylish body made of anodized aluminum, which creates an extremely durable yet lightweight trailer solution. Each trailer will be sold with a set of Yakima crossbars that allow consumers to easily transfer gear mounts for bikes or boats, or cargo boxes, from the top of the car to the trailer with ease. Available in two sizes, Yakima RACKandROLL 66 and Yakima RACKandROLL 78, its independent suspension system is approved for interstate travel by the Department of Transportation (DOT). Existing product inventory at retail and in transit from the manufacturer will maintain the current RACKandROLL branding and, moving forward, all newly manufactured products will carry the YakimaÂ® mark.
â€œThe inspiration for RACKandROLL's trailer solutions came from research that showed consumer demand for a trailer designed for ease of use in loading gear at hip level,â€ said Koch. â€œOur trailers are perfectly suited for active outdoor participants, especially those who want to remain active all through their lives but need an alternative to rooftop solutions. Yakima is the premiere rack brand in the United States and we are confident that they will take our trailers to the next level.â€
For more information about RACKandROLLâ„¢ trailer solutions visit: www.rackandroll.com.
Yakima is a world leader in the design and manufacture of cargo management equipment solutions for outdoor enthusiasts. Yakima's products include: vehicle racks for bikes, boats, ski equipment and gear; and a line of cargo boxes and bags for a variety of needs. Yakima Products is headquartered in Beaverton, Oregon. For more information, visit www.yakima.com.