Bolingbrook, Illinois-based supplier S&S Activewear has announced the acquisition of Technosport Canada — its third acquisition since 2010.
Over the past 10 years, S&S Activewear has grown from a single location to a nationwide operation with more than 1,800 employees, and more than 3.5 million square feet of warehouse space in six distribution centers across the United States.
Technosport, a family-owned business established in the 1970s, has built a powerful reputation and recognizable brand across Canada’s wholesale apparel industry. Now, with S&S’s support, the company will be able to provide a larger product offering to Canadian customers.
“We identified Technosport as an opportunity to expand across the border,” says Frank Myers, S&S’s chief operating and financial officer. “We’re excited to inherit such a talented team and look forward to building on the success they’ve already achieved.”
The companies have a great affinity for one another. Both are national apparel suppliers that have built their reputation through a positive company culture, retail brand focus and the development of relationships with employees, vendors, customers and their communities.
There are also clear parallels in the growth of the companies over the years. Technosport was acquired by the Beauchamp family in 2002, and since then it has developed into a leader in Canada’s wholesale apparel industry. It is reportedly the only national industry supplier with a physical presence across all of Canada, with headquarters in Montreal and distribution centers in Alberta, British Columbia, New Brunswick, Ontario and Quebec.
“We’ve been friends with the S&S team for a very long time, and chose them for this partnership because, like us, they are a family-owned business with the same company values,” says Luc Beauchamp, president of Technosport. “Our employees and our customers have always been our No. 1 priority—they are like family, and we’re confident that this new relationship is going to be a great opportunity for all of us. The Technosport leadership team will continue to operate in the business alongside S&S, and we’ll be able to offer even more retail-inspired products to our loyal customers. We’re very excited to see what the future holds.”