"I'm not even sure who owns them anymore." Its not an easy story to follow...Penn Reels was sold a few times.
But, as of today, the winner is.....The Jarden Corporation (who??). In early 2007 K-2 bought Penn. K2 had been rolling up a lot of sporting good companies. But then later in 2007, K2 got bought by Jarden, who was even a bigger fish rolling up consumer product companies. So just what all does Jarden own? Lots of things:
Fishing: Abu Garcia, All Star Rods, Berkley, Fenwick, Gulp!, Johnson reels, Mitchell, Penn, Pflueger, Shakespeare, Spiderwire, Stren, Trilene, Ugly Stick®, and XTools.
Water Sports: Sospenders, Stearns and Helium lifejackets (PFDs), Sevylor inflatable boats & floats & air mattresses,
Winter sports: all the K-2 products, Volkl Skiis, Marker Bindings, Tubbs snowshoes and more
Camping: Coleman, Marmot (clothing, tents, sleeping bags), and Campinggaz stoves
Other Sporting Goods: Rawlins and Miken sports equipment, DeBeer Lacrosse gear
small Kitchen appliances & more: Crock-Pot, FoodSaver, Mr. Coffee, Oster Blenders and shavers, Rival appliances, Seal-a-Meal, Sunbeam, Ball canning products, and more
Playing cards: Bee, Bicycle, Hoyle, Aviator and Aristocrat cards
Smoke Detectors and related: First Alert, American Sensors, Dicon and BRK Electronics
and a bunch of other product lines, from clothing to shoes to tools.
And to think all this started as a company making Ball jars! They claim (as a corporate legend made up by their PR department??) that their name is from products including JARs and stuff for the Den (i.e., the home), plus it sounds like a snooty French garden (jardin).
They are an American company (Delaware registration, corp offices in New York), sold on the NYSE as JAH, a $1 billion company (total stock value) and a part of the S&P500. It may not surprise you to learn that a wee bit of their manufacturing is done overseas, and they hire lots of overseas firms to actually make a lot of their products.
Is there anyone out there that does NOT have a Jarden product in their home, boat or tackle box right now???