July 12, 2011

Norcross, GA – (July 12, 2011) Mizuno USA, Inc., was awarded the 2011 Vendor of the Year Award by the Nation’s Best Sports (NBS). This honor reinforces Mizuno USA’s commitment to the servicing the specialty sporting goods channel, which is amongst the company’s top initiatives annually.

The Vendor of the Year Award is given to the company that provides the best overall service to the 85 specialty retail accounts for the Athletic Division of the NBS. The criteria for selection for this honor are based upon a variety of customer service qualities to specialty accounts. This is the second time that Mizuno has been recognized as the NBS Vendor of the Year.

“We are honored to be recognized with the 2011 Vendor of the Year award by the Nation’s Best Sports,” said Bob Puccini, President and CEO of Mizuno USA, and Chairman, Mizuno Canada, Ltd. “Our specialty retail partners are an integral portion of our business, and we pride ourselves on servicing them at the highest level. For them to see Mizuno USA as the vendor that best keeps the specialty channel special means a great deal to us.”

With more than 285 members operating in more than 800 retail sporting goods stores, and accounting for a combined retail volume in excess of $2.5 billion, NBS is the largest by-volume sporting goods buying group in North America.

Mizuno USA, Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Mizuno Corporation, one of the largest specialty sporting goods manufacturers in the world. Mizuno USA, Inc. manufactures and distributes golf, baseball, softball, running, track & field, and volleyball equipment, apparel, and footwear for North America. Mizuno USA, Inc. is based in Norcross, Georgia.

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