Rampion Enterprises has been successfully distributing sports product for over 30 years. Brands like Adidas, Ashworth, Cleveland Golf, and Roots Golf have all called Rampion’s 30,000 square foot office and warehouse space home over the years, and these lucrative partnerships have added to the company’s ability to attract innovative and exciting brands. Openly admitting that they prefer developing new lines rather than picking up large, successfully proven brands allowed them to bring in the line that gave Rampion their unique bragging rights; being the first Canadian distributor to bridge the gap between golf, corporate and action sports. In the year 2000, after the successful golf bag company Sun Mountain decided to bring their Canadian operations back to their Montana base, Rampion picked up the distribution for OGIO, which at the time was primarily a golf bag focused company. Within a year, OGIO decided to branch off into more of the sports they had passions for, including motocross, motorcycling, snowboarding, BMX, skiing and surfing. While still maintaining their success in the travel, school, golf and their new action sports divisions, OGIO was also developing and manufacturing all of the baseball and hockey bags for Easton Sports, as well as the golf bags for Callaway.
Back in Canada, Rampion was able to thrive off the success of their products and through the action sports bags in OGIO’s line-up. They were able to secure more brands such as POW gloves, ‘skateboard influenced’ Kikkor Golf shoes, SoCal’s Travis Mathew golf clothing, the much hyped Dutch snowboard brand Bataleon Snowboards, and their most recent pick-up, Nitro Circus clothing. With the close relationship OGIO has with the Nitro crew, teaming up with Greg Godfrey, Andy Bell and Travis Pastrana was an easy decision to make. Based on the incredible success of their eight years of films, and the recent two years of their much hyped MTV show, the Nitro crew decided to capitalize on their success with a simple yet colourful clothing line. Though still new to the market, Nitro Circus clothing has just recently hit the shelves of the top motorsport accounts, including West 49, Blackfoot Motorsports and Royal Distributing.
Rampion’s uniqueness comes in the form of penetration in a variety of industries and markets, from action sports to golf, school, corporate ASI, travel and business. With eighteen sales reps, more than fifteen office employees and a slew of professional athletes, Rampion continues to climb the ranks of the top distributors in the country. Rampion’s VP of Sales and Marketing, Jeff Williams couldn’t give us any of the new brands they are speaking to but did confirm that they have a few big projects in the works that he is very excited about. Only time will tell, but I have a feeling that Rampion’s name will continue to grow in popularity for brands out there looking for solid distribution in Canada, and become synonymous with the successful growth of new and exciting lines hitting the market.