COTTAGE GROVE, Wis. — (November 9, 2015) — Johnson Health Tech (JHT), one of the world’s largest and fastest growing fitness equipment manufacturers, and producer of the brands Matrix, Vision, and Horizon, today announced that it has acquired 2nd Wind Exercise Equipment, North America’s largest specialty fitness equipment retailer with 58 retail locations throughout 11 states.
“2nd Wind is the undisputed leader in specialty fitness retail in the United States,” said Jason Lo, CEO of JHT. “It has built its success by providing the industry’s best trained staff to deliver outstanding customer solutions. The team’s commitment to excellence and demonstrated ability to foster growth and innovation complement our culture and philosophy at Johnson Health Tech.”
“Together, Johnson Health Tech and 2nd Wind will continue to grow and shape specialty retail,” said Nathan Pyles, President of Johnson Health Tech North America (JHTNA). “When we combine the unique culture and customer service philosophy from the 2nd Wind team with the product design, engineering and manufacturing excellence of Johnson Health Tech, we are uniquely positioned to fuel continued growth in the marketplace.”
With this acquisition, JHT will become the world’s largest specialty fitness retailer with more than 200 retail stores worldwide. 2nd Wind will continue to operate as an independent business unit with its existing management team.
“We’ve had a strong partnership with Johnson Health Tech for nearly 20 years, and we’re excited to officially join the group,” said Dick Enrico, CEO of 2nd Wind. “Like 2nd Wind, JHT believes that its people are at the root of its success because of their ability to deliver outstanding customer experiences. Together, with our shared passion and commitment to our customers, we’ll continue to shape and grow the specialty retail market.”
About 2nd Wind Exercise Equipment
2nd Wind got its start in 1992 when Dick Enrico began renting and selling used fitness equipment in St. Louis Park, Minn. Within three years, the business was thriving and Enrico began working with leading manufacturers to source new equipment to meet demand. Today, 2nd Wind is the largest specialty fitness equipment retailer in the United States, serving both the retail and commercial fitness segments with 58 retail locations in 11 states. The foundation of its success is an exceptional team of the best trained and motivated fitness industry experts throughout all aspects of the organization.
About Johnson Health Tech
Johnson Health Tech, Inc. (JHT), Taiwan, is among the world’s largest and fastest-growing fitness equipment manufacturers and is home to some of the most respected brands in the fitness industry, including: Matrix, Vision, and Horizon. The company manufactures a wide assortment of fitness equipment for both commercial and residential use, including treadmills, elliptical trainers, exercise bikes and strength training equipment. JHT’s global management headquarters is based in Taichung, Taiwan, with global product development, marketing and engineering based in Cottage Grove, Wis.