What do you like about doing business in Ohio?With over 66 years of history doing business in the Ohio, Riddell and the state are uniquely connected to football's emergence and growth. Positioned in the heart of the Midwest – Football Country – Ohio has provided Riddell with a tremendous workforce and great community support throughout our time in the state. Our Elyria, Ohio operation is our primary football equipment production facility and it reconditions the most athletic gear worldwide. Riddell is proud to be part of the Ohio community, and we plan to be here and grow for many more years to come.
Description of business: Riddell, The Official Helmet Sponsor of the NFL®, is a premier designer and developer of protective sports equipment and the recognized leader in helmet technology and innovation. Synonymous with the game, Riddell has a deep football heritage.
John Tate Riddell founded the company in 1929 with a simple idea: make sports equipment safer, more effective and easier to use. His first invention, the removable cleat, is just one of many Riddell "firsts" that have revolutionized the protective sports equipment landscape. Other inventions include the first seamless basketball, suspension systems for helmets – which the U.S. government quickly recognized as a major advancement in head protection and began distributing to troops during World War II. Riddell has a proud history built on innovation and continual improvement in athlete protection, producing state-of-the-art athletic equipment that is unmatched in the industry.
As the leading manufacturer of football helmets, shoulder pads and reconditioning services, Riddell equipment is now seen on football fields from coast-to-coast, protecting every level of player – from youth athletes to NFL professionals. Riddell is the official football helmet and protective equipment partner of USA Football, the sport's national governing body in the United States. Riddell is a leader within Easton-Bell Sports, formed in 2006 from the merger of Easton Sports and Riddell Bell Holdings. Easton-Bell Sports, Inc. is a leading designer, developer and marketer of branded sports equipment, protective products and related accessories.