KBC, Tucker Rocky Partnership Ends

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Tucker Rocky will no longer distribute KBC helmets, according to officials at KBC.

"Following a mutual decision between KBC and Tucker Rocky, KBC will seek to explore new and emerging opportunities to reinvigorate their distribution channels in the U.S. markets," the helmet company announced in a prepared statement.

"KBC is very focused and confident and looks forward to facing the challenges that come with expanding our presence in the U.S. market," stated KBC President Kennon Yi. "With a full understanding of industry dynamics, we are confident that the new strategies and decisions we have made will help to bolster and strengthen the KBC brand in the long run."

KBC officials say the brand will continue to support its dealer, retail and consumer network,"maintaining a commitment to service and ensuring the highest level of customer satisfaction."

KBC America Inc. is based in Burbank, Calif. The KBC brand introduced its first in-house manufactured helmet to the market in 1992, entered its contract with Tucker Rocky Distributing in 1993, opened KBC America, Inc. in 1994 and designed and manufactured its first OEM (private label) helmets and apparel in 1995. Past and current clients include Answer Racing, Ed Hardy, Fox Racing, Harley-Davidson, Kawasaki, MSR, O'Neill, Polaris, Suzuki, Thor and Yamaha.

KBC has manufactured the Ed Hardy line of helmets since early 2008. It's also the brand Brad Pitt has been seen wearing while operating his rides.

—Submitted by Guido Ebert