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Tuesday, November 30, 2010

For Sale: Illinois Company that Makes Bases for MLB

Posted By on Tue, Nov 30, 2010 at 8:02 AM

click to enlarge Local business opportunity: Must love sports. - SCHUTTSPORTS.COM
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  • Local business opportunity: Must love sports.
Betcha didn't know that the company that makes bases for Major League Baseball is located just a short drive from St. Louis in Litchfield, Illinois.

Betcha also didn't know that the company is on the auction block after 92 years in business. Yes, sad but true.

Schutt Sports -- founded in 1918 when Bill Schutt started manufacturing and selling basketball goals out of his Litchfield hardware store -- was forced to file for bankruptcy this fall after losing a $29-million lawsuit with rival sports maker Riddell.

The suit alleged that Schutt stole patents from Riddell for its DNA and ION football helmets. (In addition to making bases for MLB, Schutt also manufacturers football and baseball helmets, pads and face guards.)

Now Schutt, which employs some 400 employees, is up for sale. A bid of $25 million was made last week, though official bidding doesn't begin until December 10. Schutt reportedly took in $68 million in revenue last year.

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