Some rather big industry news this morning, where Rigging Innovations and Sun Path Products have announced the planned merger of their business operations – unifying as one company, under the Sun Path Brand.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
RIGGING INNOVATIONS AND SUN PATH PRODUCTS TO MERGE
Raeford, NC, Release: February 24, 2020
Sun Path Products and Rigging Innovations have announced today the planned merger of their business operations to unify as one company under the Sun Path Products brand.
Rigging Innovations was founded in 1985 in Perris, CA by Sandy and Brenda Reid. Sandy is a respected leader in the skydiving industry since making his first jump in 1970 and becoming a rigger in June of 1971. Sandy is most well known for the original patent on the articulated harness and the development of the Telesis, Talon, Voodoo, CPX and CURV container systems among others.
When asked why he wished to have Rigging Innovations merge with Sun Path Products, Reid replied, “My wife and I have no children or family who might be interested in continuing our legacy. We have dedicated our lives to skydiving and we couldn’t think of a better partner with the resources and innovation to take our brand and products forward the way Sun Path can. It’s a big day for us and the skydiving industry as a whole.”
Says Pat Thomas on the merger: “We’re thrilled to have our two companies come together as two compatible competitors with common markets but different offerings. Sandy and Brenda have built a great company that’s well respected and loved by those that jump their containers. Adding RI’s products with ours strengthens the Sun Path brand and we look forward to the merger being finalized to where all of our processes and procedures are streamlined and become one.”
While this merger has been announced, customers will not see any immediate changes in the near future. While the long term goal is to have all Rigging Innovations products be manufactured at Sun Path, this transition will be done slowly and deliberately to ensure no disruption of service. All dealer networks, ordering, service and support will continue as is until further notice.
Answers to frequently asked questions in relation to this merger can be found at http://bit.ly/RISunPathMerger