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November 2014

United Sporting Companies is the Exclusive Distributor of Meopta Optics

Meopta Chapin, S.C. - United Sporting Companies (USC) is pleased today to announce its exclusive North American distribution partnership with world-class optics powerhouse Meopta.

"We are very excited about the opportunity Meopta has given us," said USC CSMO Chuck Walker. "Being their only distribution partner shows the strength of USC in the market."

Meopta is a global manufacturer of precision optics, specializing in the design, engineering and assembly of complex optical, opto-mechanical and opto-electronic systems. Meopta creates innovative, total solutions for the consumer, industrial and military markets. Operating from state-of-the-art facilities in the United States and Czech Republic, Meopta can respond to the needs of its customers quickly and effectively.

October 2014

United Sporting Companies Selects Paul Carey as VP of New Business Development

Paul Carey Chapin, S.C. - United Sporting Companies (USC) announces the appointment of Paul Carey to serve as Vice President of New Business Development and report directly to Chief Sales and Marketing Officer Chuck Walker, effective immediately.

"I am very proud to have Paul as a member of our team. His knowledge and work ethic will help us take USC to another level," said Chuck Walker.

Paul Carey joins USC with over 20 years of sales leadership experience successfully managing professional and military sales teams across America. Most recently, Paul served as Director of Sales at Reynolds Consumer Products.

May 2014

United Sporting Companies Superior Salesmanship Recognized by ATN

ATN Award Chapin, SC - Advanced Technologies Network Corp. (ATN) has awarded United Sporting Companies with its exclusive Gold Sales Achievement for providing top quality product support during 2013.

ATN is a leading manufacturer and developer of precision Night Vision optics and Thermal Imaging. Focused on quality, innovation, and value, ATN manufactures the largest selection of low light optical devices and caters to consumers, law enforcement and military clients.

April 2014

Walther Arms and United Sporting Companies Partnership Generates Success

Walther Arms Award Chapin, SC – United Sporting Companies has been acknowledged as Walther Arms' Outstanding Distribution Partner for effectively aiding in the success of Walther products by providing top-notch customer service and solid wholesale distribution during 2013.

Renowned throughout the world for its innovation, Walther Arms has been a leading premium manufacturer of sporting, defense, and law enforcement firearms for over 125 years.

February 2014

Marlin Firearms Recognizes Jerry’s Sports Center Excellence for 2013

Chapin, SC – Jerry’s Sport’s Center, a division of United Sporting Companies, has earned the Distributor of the Year Award from Marlin Firearms for extraordinary wholesale efforts during its 2013 campaign.

Established in 1870, the Marlin Firearms Company produces an array of lever action, bolt action and semi-automatic rifles, & break-open single shot shotguns and rifles under its various brands that include Marlin, Harrington & Richardson, New England Firearms and L. C. Smith.

February 2014

United Sporting Companies is Core Rifle Systems 2013 Distributor of the Year

Chapin, SC – Core Rifle Systems selected United Sporting Companies (USC) as its 2013 Distributor of the Year in recognition of a highly productive year supporting its product line.

Core Rifle Systems, based out of Ocala, Florida, produces a full line of AR-15/M-16 and M-4 Type rifles for Commercial, Law Enforcement, Government and International customers, plus a complete line of parts and accessories.

November 2013


Leigh Kamens Chapin, S.C. – United Sporting Companies (USC) announces the appointment of Leigh Kamens to serve as VP of Planning and report directly to Chief Purchasing Officer (CPO) Scott Walker, effective immediately.

Leigh has teamed up with the USC Purchasing department in developing category plans, vendor plans and analytics that support company objectives.

"Since joining our team in 2012, Leigh has made significant improvements in how we manage and view our business and has become an invaluable member of our team and vendor community at large," said Scott Walker, USC CPO.

Prior to joining USC, Leigh built solid experience in planning and purchasing as she served in multiple positions at Sports Authority for over 7 years.

November 2013


Avis Lindler Chapin, S.C. – United Sporting Companies (USC) announces the promotion of Avis Lindler to serve as Customer Care Manager and report directly to Ellett Brothers VP of Sales Jeff Pugh, effective immediately.

With over 17 years of Customer Care experience at Ellett Brothers, Avis’ duties as Customer Care Supervisor for the past 13 years have been upgraded to cover USC and its subsidiaries.

"Avis has most deservedly earned her new position as USC Customer Care Manager for her hard work and dedication to provide top-notch customer care for Ellett Brothers dealers. I have the utmost confidence in Avis as she tackles her expanded role,” said Jeff Pugh, Ellett Brothers VP of Sales.

November 2013


Paul Catanzarite Chapin, S.C. – United Sporting Companies (USC) announces the appointment of Paul Catanzarite to serve as Vice President of Human Relations, effective immediately.

"Paul is an exceptional HR talent and we are fortunate to have him as an addition to our team," said Brad Johnson, USC CEO and Chairman of the Board.

Paul Catanzarite joins USC with over 30 years of HR experience. Paul has held various HR positions with Alcoa - the world’s leading producer of primary aluminum and fabricated aluminum, as well as the world’s largest miner of bauxite and refiner of alumina. Most recently, Paul served as VP of Human Resources at Reynolds Consumer Products for all operating locations. In addition, Paul holds a B.S. degree from Le Moyne College and a Master's degree from Clarkson University.

March 2013


Chapin, S.C. – United Sporting Companies (USC) announces the promotion of Eddie Hyman to serve as Vice President of Purchasing and report directly to Chief Purchasing Officer Scott Walker effectively immediately.

Eddie will manage all purchasing activities for both Ellett Brothers and Jerry’s Sport Center facilities from the USC Chapin Office in South Carolina. "United Sporting Companies is excited to have Eddie’s leadership and experience within our purchasing division. His team building skills deliver tremendous results and we believe he’s essential to the future growth of our company," said Scott Walker, USC Chief Purchasing Officer.

Initially hired 20 years ago as an Ellett Brothers Shooting Sales Associate, Eddie quickly transitioned to the position of Marine Sales Supervisor and was named Director of Marine Sales in 2002. Most recently, Eddie earned the title of Vice President of Purchasing for Marine & Tackle in 2011.

February 2013


Chapin, S.C. – United Sporting Companies (USC) announces the appointment of Drew Edwards to serve as Chief Financial Officer and report directly to CEO Brad Johnson starting February 12.

Drew will oversee Financial Planning & Analysis, Controllership, and Credit & Collections from the USC Chapin Office in South Carolina.

"Drew's experience in high volume distribution businesses coupled with his financial insight will make him an exceptional asset for USC and the Shooting Industry," said Brad Johnson, USC CEO and Chairman of the Board.

Prior to joining USC, Drew was CFO of Fortune 500 Company Owens & Minor, a leading distributor of medical and surgical supplies. Drew’s experience includes a strong history as CFO at Tredegar Corporation as well as several years at Coopers & Lybrand. Drew is a licensed CPA and holds a Master’s Degree in Accounting. Besides being well-versed in the distribution arena, he has extensive experience with mergers/acquisitions/divestures, strategic planning and analysis, and investments.

February 2013


Chapin, S.C. – H&R LLC honors Jerry’s Sport Center (JSC) as their 2012 Distributor of the Year Award recipient for a great year representing their products. JSC was given a commemorative framed plaque.

December 2012


United Sporting Companies (USC), a distribution company focused on hunting, outdoor, marine and tackle products, today stated the following:

"We are deeply saddened by the horrific events that took place in Newtown this past Friday. At this most difficult time, the families of the victims and the entire Newtown community are in our prayers."

The Company will work to comply with all changes in local, state and federal law that arise from the tragedy. USC will also begin working with the bipartisan Congressional Sportsmen's Caucus (CSC) and its 300 members in Congress to help support legislation to set standards that will help prevent future tragedies.

USC does not operate in the manufacturing, marketing or direct sales of firearms. USC only sells to Federal Firearm License retail dealers and not to individuals (either directly or through gun shows).

November 2012


Chapin, S.C. – United Sporting Companies (USC) announces the promotion of Chuck Walker to Chief Sales and Marketing Officer for his essential contributions to the company's 2012 success.

"Chuck Walker has demonstrated significant leadership and achieved superior results for USC throughout his career, but in particular this past year. It's truly a pleasure to announce Chuck's promotion. He has earned it." said Brad Johnson, USC CEO and Chairman of the Board.

October 2012


Chapin, S.C. – United Sporting Companies (USC) announces the appointment of CEO and President Bradley P. Johnson as its Chairman of the Board for his leadership and determination that has significantly contributed to the company’s extraordinary growth during 2012.

Brad will continue to lead and strengthen USC as its President and CEO, plus assume the responsibilities as its Chairman of the Board.

"I am honored by the trust and confidence that the Board of Directors has demonstrated by naming me its Chairman. Much of the credit for our success belongs to the outstanding team at United Sporting Companies, our vendor partners, and importantly our retail partners. USC and I will continue to work hard to earn your continued business and trust." said Brad Johnson, USC CEO and Chairman of the Board.

USC Senior VP Chuck Walker stated, "Brad is a true business professional. He understands our business needs, as well as the needs of our customers and vendors. He’s a very quick study and has a great grasp on our industry."

June 2012


Chapin, SC – United Sporting Companies (USC) is pleased to announce the successful completion of its 1st Annual 2012 Jerry’s Sport Center (JSC) Dealer Show held between June 19th & 21st within the former Bonitz Brothers warehouse in Harrisburg, PA.

"After more than 20 years of only working with a familiar voice over the phone, many dealers & sales representatives finally met face-to-face and strengthened the bond for an even brighter future. The JSC show exemplifies our continued commitment to add value for dealers" stated Pat Dispenza, JSC Director of Sales.

Hundreds of dedicated dealers took the opportunity to meet their JSC sales representative face-to-face, most of them for the first time. Over 195 show booths displaying over 300 brands were represented with countless show specials for the upcoming fall season.

"I am very proud of each and every JSC associate for their hard work that went into making this show a success. Thank you to all the vendors who participated. Most of all, we are thankful for our loyal customers that took the time to come see us." stated Chuck Walker, USC Senior VP.

An overwhelming number of dealers commended JSC for the show’s timing because it allows them to concentrate on the second half of the year’s business.

JSC Show

January 2012


Chapin, S.C. – Jerry’s Sport Center was named the 2011 Distributor of the Year by Harrington & Richardson (H&R) at the Freedom Group booth during the 2012 Shot Show in Las Vegas, NV.

Jerry’s Sport Center was awarded a commemorative plaque for being the leading distributor of H&R products in 2011.

United Sporting Companies (USC) CEO Brad Johnson stated, "Jerry’s Sport Center and USC are pleased to accept this award from H&R. The award is a testament to the hard work, determination and progress Jerry’s has made in improving the bond with our dealers across the country through faster and better service and a more compelling value proposition. Greatly improved sales efforts, in conjunction with the new state-of-the-art facility in Pittston, PA have most certainly helped in our progress as we continue to deliver excellence."

United Sporting Companies (USC) is a leading nationwide distributor of hunting, outdoor, marine and tackle products. The company operates through two subsidiaries, Ellett Brothers and Jerry’s Sport Center which were founded in 1933 and 1949, respectively. USC distributes to all 50 states through facilities in Chapin, SC, Newberry, SC, Pittston, PA, Harrisburg, PA, Dayton, OH, Spring Hill, KS, and Reno, NV. With the largest sales force in the industry, USC serves over 30,000 independent retail customers and maintains the largest product selection in the industry with over 85,000 SKUs.