It began with a dream a half-century ago. The dream of one man, Kyozo Sasaki, was to bring the enjoyment of active sport to people around the world. What started in a humble storefront in Kyoto, Japan is now one of the largest sporting goods companies in the world. The year 2000 marks the 20th Anniversary of SSK's operation and growth in the United States. The growth rate we have experienced places us as one of the fastest growing baseball companies.
SSK has a long-standing history of supplying well-crafted baseball products to customers all over the world; and we have never lost sight of our first priority - service to the customer. With roots in Japan, SSK has worked to increase awareness and build a global network for the development of baseball.
SSK America, Inc., established in 1980, played an important role in the world-wide distribution of SSK to countries such as the U.S., Europe, and Australia. SSK's global developments for baseball include official supplier agreements with the IBAF, Italy and the Holland National Team. SSK was also the official supplier of all umpire gear through IBAF for the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta, and will again have this privilege in the 2000 Games in Sydney.
SSK commits to making a positive contribution to the development of sport, with firm pride, and unshaken responsibility. Our philosophy and our approach to developing products are our primary strengths. From the dimple processed baseball gloves of the eighties to the soft leather, no break-in time gloves of the nineties, SSK has proven to be an industry model for cutting-edge technology. We provide a unique, innovative approach to the craft of product manufacturing, and it shows.
What helps SSK continue to grow and thrive, is our commitment and dedication to our products. Our standards are based not only on meeting the demands of athletes, but exceeding them. The information they provide helps us set our standards for performance and excellence for all players, not just the pros.
For over 50 years, SSK has produced a large selection of quality products, while never forgetting our number one priority -service to the customer. New and trendy ideas have always been a part of our pioneering of a new age within the sports industry. Combined with the harmonious use of advanced technology and reliable quality endorsed by practical experience in baseball equipment, SSK has been dedicating ourselves to research and development, with a view toward providing this service and products to those who love sports with their heart and mind.
Seven (7) key words signify our direction and the current sports market trends: Athleticism, Beauty, Communication, Ecology, Entertainment, Intelligence, and Wellness are reflected in our products expanding on a global scale.
SSK is not only a company who produces the goods and distributes them but also offers its customers the quality service and premier products that our times require. With this in mind, the above key words are essential to the modern sports activity. Furthermore, with the combinations of the seven (7) key word elements in mind, we are aiming to create new development and expansion of the product lines in a positive manner.
SSK will spare no effort in making this positive contribution for the development of sport, with firm pride and unshaken responsibility, as a challenger who creates new and memorable sports scenes for the future.
SSK has a long-standing dedication to the quality of our gloves and how they enhance the performance of each player. Over 50 years of development and research has resulted in unique innovations such as our dimple processed gloves, and soft leather technology that have re-invented the industry of glove manufacturing. A strong commitment to our history combined with a forward thinking approach to product technology has proven successful in our production of superior baseball gloves and mitts.
SSK has long been building a new age of baseball equipment through use of the accumulated technologies past and present. SSKÕs support of the many professional baseball players active in Japan and the United States has brought an abundant source of technical know how, as well as, materialized within the product development in making an ideal collection of baseball products. SSK has held many baseball training seminars throughout Japan to help spread the word of these products and their technologies while spreading the word of their positive affect to baseball.
With the recent remarkable progress and presence of the media and Internet, and thanks to Japanese Major Leaguers playing in the United States, the Japanese people have turned their eyes to baseball outside Japan. Consequently, the importance of world strategy being tied together more than ever before, SSK America Inc. Los Angeles, CA. established in 1980 played an important role working with world wide distribution for North America, Central America, Europe, and Australia.