Cramer Products, Inc. announced the acquisition of Stromgren Athletics of Hayes, Kan. Staff photo by Brandon Humble

Amy Cunningham
Gardner based Cramer Products, Inc., announced last week that it has acquired Stromgren Athletics of Hays, Kan.
“We are extremely pleased and honored to make this announcement,” said Thomas K. Rogge, president and chief executive officer of Cramer Products.  “We have always been impressed with Stromgren’s reputation and commitment to quality. Their products complement Cramer’s family of products and are sold into the same channels. We’re thrilled to have Stromgren under the Cramer umbrella.”
Stromgren is developer and distributor of sports medicine, compression and protective performance apparel. The company will operate independently from Cramer, with no changes to its staff or operation in Hays.
“We’ve been familiar withthem for a number of years,” explained Tom Rogge, president and chief executive officer of Cramer Products. “Their ownership was looking for a transition and we were looking to grow.”
He said that Cramer Products has more retail penetration than Stromgren, the brand can currently be found mostly in team sporting goods dealers rather than in typical sporting goods stores.
“We’re in large national chain (retailers) and we hope to provide some leverage from our position to help get them in some retail (markets),” Rogge continued.
Stromgren, founded in 1979, manufacturers and distributes athletic compression and protective apparel products.  Through their worldwide customer network of sporting goods dealers and sports medicine distributors, they provide products to athletes at every level of play. According to Rogge, while the company imports many of their products, they also have a manufacturing facility in Hayes, Kan.
“This transaction is exciting for Stromgren,” said Steve Arensdorf, Stromgren’s chief operating officer.  “Cramer’s standing in the sports medicine industry is second-to-none, and both our companies are known for innovation, quality and outstanding customer service.  Bringing our two companies together makes sense from many aspects.  We are pleased to be working with Tom Rogge and his team at Cramer and anticipate increased capabilities in the development of new products and sales growth.”
In addition to the purchase of Stromgren, Cramer Products continues to introduce new items regularly. Recently they introduced a graduated compression product that helps athletes recover more quickly from injuries. The product applies compression to aid blood flow back to the heart and encourage circulation.
Brothers Charles and Frank Cramer founded Cramer Products in Gardner in 1918. After 93 years the company, still headquartered in Gardner, continues to manufacture and market of sports medicine and physical education products. The company also owns Active Ankle Systems Inc., a leading manufacturer of braces and supports.