Mizuno’s Roots

Mizuno USA, Inc.'s roots stem from its parent company Mizuno Corporation. Mizuno Corporation was established in Osaka, Japan in 1906 by Rihachi Mizuno. Today, Mizuno USA is located in Norcross, GA and continues to manufacture and distribute golf, baseball, softball, running, track & field and volleyball equipment, apparel, and footwear for international markets.

1980
Mizuno began selling athletic footwear in the United States.
1982
Mizuno USA began distributing golf club in the United States.
1984
1984
Mizuno began manufacturing golf clubs in the United States. In an effort to outfit the top players with customized golf clubs, Mizuno was the first company to offer a mobile workshop on the PGA Tour.
1988
Mizuno USA launched its sports and footwear divisions in San Francisco, CA, representing products for sports, including baseball, softball, volleyball, running; and track & field.
1992
Athletes using Mizuno products at the 1992 Summer Olympic Games in Barcelona won a total of 72 medals, including 24 gold, 22 silver and 26 bronze.
1994
1994
Mizuno USA established a baseball glove manufacturing facility at the company’s corporate headquarters in Norcross, GA. As the World’s #1 Baseball Company, Mizuno equipment is used by more than 200 current Major League baseball players.
1995
All sales, marketing, warehousing and distribution operations were consolidated into the Norcross, GA location.
1997
1997

Mizuno USA launched the Dare to Dream Baseball Tour, a promotional baseball workshop and exhibit for consumers.

Mizuno introduced its patented wave technology for footwear.

1998
1998
1998

1998 Winter Olympic Games in Nagano, a total of 850 athletes from 16 countries used Mizuno products.

Mizuno was the #1 Iron on the PGA Tour for the fifth consecutive year. Mizuno was also the #1 Iron on the European PGA Tour and #1 Iron among American Junior Golf Association (AJGA) players.

Mizuno USA introduced the company’s first consumer golf workshop to conduct demo days and custom fitting seminars across the country.

Mizuno USA launched a Running Tech Van program to showcase Mizuno running shoes and footwear technology and give runners a chance to “test ride” Mizuno products at running events across the country.

1999
1999
Mizuno Wave Rider™ running shoe was recognized with the prestigious Editors’ Choice Award from Runner’s World magazine.
2000
2000
2000

Mizuno Wave Precision™ running shoe and the Mizuno Wave Alchemy™ running shoe were recognized with the Editors’ Choice Awards from Runner’s World magazine. The Wave Phoenix™ running shoe was recognized with the Best Buy award from Runner’s World magazine.

Mizuno attained the accomplishment of being the #1 Iron on the PGA Tour for the seventh consecutive year, and the #1 Iron on the European Tour for the third consecutive year.

Mizuno retained its position as the World’s #1 Baseball Company. Mizuno baseball equipment is used by more than 400 professional baseball players around the globe.

2001
2001
2001
2001
2001

Mizuno Wave Mercury™ running shoe was named Editors’ Choice from Runner’s World magazine, making it the 5th award bestowed upon Mizuno running shoes in three short years.

Mizuno attained the accomplishment of being the #1 Iron on the PGA Tour for the eighth consecutive year, and the #1 Iron on the European Tour for the fourth consecutive year.

Mizuno attained the #1 market share in ball gloves among Mizuno's served market for the first time.

Mizuno entered a long-term sponsorship with USA Volleyball, which includes footwear and apparel for Team USA men and women at all levels.

Mizuno Staff Ambassador Ichiro Suzuki led the American League in batting average on his way to A.L. MVP award.

2002
2002
2002
2002
2002

Mizuno launch the revolutionary Breath Thermo® body warming apparel technology at the Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City.

Mizuno signed Jennie Finch, the world's top softball player to a long-term endorsement contract propelling Mizuno USA into the women's fastpitch category.

Mizuno Wave Maverick™ and Mizuno Wave Legend™ became the sixth and seventh Mizuno shoes to earn Editors' Choice awards from Runner's World magazine. In addition, the Mizuno Wave Creation™ 2 and the Mizuno Wave Precision™ 3 won Best Update awards from Runner's World.

Mizuno Staff Ambassador Miguel Tejada won the American League MVP for his outstanding offensive and defensive play.

2003
2003
2003

Mizuno achieves its most prolific golf product launch in Mizuno USA history with the introduction of the MP-30 irons

Mizuno Wave Rider™ 6 and the Wave Alchemy™ 3 won Best Update awards and the Mizuno Wave Mustang™ won a Best Value award from Runner's World magazine.

Mizuno introduced the MP-37™ forged muscle-back irons and the revolutionary MP-001™ driver and fairway woods, which combine multiple technologies and materials for explosive distance and unsurpassed accuracy.

2004
2004
2004
2004

Mizuno Wave Creation™ 5, Mizuno Wave Mustang™ 2, and the Mizuno Wave Alchemy™ 4 were awarded Best Update awards from Runner's World magazine. This brings the total of Runner's World awards received by Mizuno running shoes up to 15.

Mizuno signed Team USA's superstar Natasha Watley to an endorsement deal solidifying Mizuno USA's position in the fastpitch softball category.

The MX-23 scores highest rated iron in Golf Magazine's 2004 Club Test.

A total of 41 metals were won by Mizuno sponsored teams and athletes at the 2004 Summer Olympics games held in Athens, Greece.

Mizuno introduced the new MP-32™ forged iron featuring revolutionary Cut Muscle technology. The key to MP-32™ and Cut Muscle™ design technology is the perfect positioning of the weight that is “cut” from the “muscle” area of a traditional muscle back iron into strategic locations in the lower back and surrounding portions of the club.

2005
2005
2005
2005
2005

Mizuno renews its long term sponsorship of USA Volleyball for high performance footwear and apparel. This renewed contract is a sign of Mizuno's commitment to volleyball at all levels of play whether it be the National Disable Team, High Performance Youth Team, or the National Team.

The Mizuno Wave Inspire™ was awarded the first ever "Best Debut" Award by Runner's World Magazine giving Mizuno a total of 16 running shoe awards.

MP-32 iron with Cut Muscle design technology wins Golf Digest's "Editors' Choice" award.

Mizuno signed on as the official equipment provider of the 2005 Aflac All-American High School Baseball Classic and National Selection Tour. The Aflac Baseball Classic is the nation’s premier high school baseball all-star event, which features the top 40 rising senior players. Major League Baseball officially endorses the Aflac Baseball Classic as the marquee prep All-American event in the country.

2006
2006
2006
2006

Mizuno re-signs Jennie Finch, fastpitch softball's biggest star, to a muliti-year contact.

The Mizuno Wave Creation™ 7, and the Mizuno Wave Elixir were awarded "Best Update" and "Best Debut"awards from Runner's World magazine. This brings the total of Runner's World awards received by Mizuno running shoes up to 19.

On April 1st, 2006 Mizuno celebrated it's 100th Anniversary and announced that the next 100 years will focus on "Sports for All Children".