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Old 01-30-2014, 08:15 PM #1
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KEE (Empire, RPS) closes Florida \ US Paint Plant

KEE closed their Florida paint production facility today, one of the last few remaining US factories producing paintballs.


EDIT: TLDR: it is true

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This is a sad day. I've personally been to the Florida paint plant several times to pick up paint and to see just how paintballs were made. We used to grab fresh paint direct from the factory when practicing in Florida and then drive down to play against teams like Strange when it was too cold to play in Chicago.

They simply made some of the best paint in the world. Unfortunately, John Robinson, KEE's CEO, confirmed today by phone that the plant is closed. It really sounded like it was a tough call they struggled with and one he didn't want to make. Robinson had this to say, "The planning and readiness for KEE’s new manufacturing model is unparalleled. We have been testing paint with players and customers for months. KEE’s plant in Canada will now be making Marballizer, Evil and the world famous Ultra Evil paint in buildings managed by trusted employees day in and day out. With the technology transfer and training that has gone into the move to Canada we can expect the same quality paint, but unfortunately it will not be made here in the States. Additionally, KEE has invested equipment, training and process controls into two other facilities overseas that will make paint exclusively for KEE Action Sports. KEE will not just buy paint from a third party. We will always have boots on the ground overseeing formulation and all processes."

This leaves APX and Nelson still making paint in the US.

I asked about the Dye paint and he politely declined to comment only saying whatever happens with Dye would be purely coincidental.


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KEE Action Sports, the biggest maker of paintballs in the world, has closed its Clearwater manufacturing facility and is shipping the bulk of the work to cheaper labor in Asia.

The closure means KEE is laying off 109 of its 110 plant employees, the company said in a mass layoff notice filed with the state Monday. Only one senior executive working there will be relocated.

CEO and president John Robinson said about a third of the production — "high and mid-grade stuff" — will be sent to the company's plant in London, Ontario. Most of the work will go to Asia through strategic partnerships with producers in Taiwan and China.

"It was a pure economic decision," Robinson said, citing a "glut in the marketplace" with international manufacturers that didn't exist even a few years ago. "We were just not able to compete."

"As you can imagine, it was a brutal decision to ultimately get to," he added.

KEE Action Sports, which pumps out about 5 billion paintballs a year, is an amalgamation of acquired sporting companies and has a dispersed organizational chart as a result. Its headquarters is in Sewell, N.J., while its CEO is based in Bentonville, Ark., the home of Walmart.

The Clearwater plant at 11399 47th Street, N., which has been used by KEE the last seven years, closed last Thursday.

In a letter to the state, Robinson said employees will not be required to report for work unless requested to help decommission the facility. Employees will continue to receive pay and benefits until March 31.

Following the layoffs, KEE will have about 170 employees remaining between Canada, a small office in the United Kingdom, and multiple distribution centers around the United States, including nine employees in sales and distribution in Tampa Bay.

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Old 01-30-2014, 08:16 PM #2
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Meaning they are going overseas? Or scaling down production?
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Old 01-30-2014, 08:41 PM #3
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Meaning they are going overseas? Or scaling down production?
GI is taking over
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Old 01-30-2014, 08:59 PM #4
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Anyone know what the story is with this?
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Old 01-30-2014, 09:13 PM #5
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Old 01-30-2014, 09:18 PM #6
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^yeah what's up with that
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Old 01-30-2014, 09:18 PM #7
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First Dye now Empire?
My thought's exactly but still no confirmation from Dye unless I missed something.
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Old 01-30-2014, 09:21 PM #8
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What is going on? Something is bothering me about this....new regulations possibly? I can't see outsourcing something like this and it being cheaper in the end (in the consumer side)
Either way,dye and empire stopping paint production within days of each other just rubs me the wrong way.
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Old 01-30-2014, 09:27 PM #9
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The dye rumor involved another company that supposedly bullied the company to drop dye. Is KEE that company?
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Old 01-30-2014, 09:35 PM #10
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What the hell. So is the price of all the Empire and RPS paint going up or just not gonna make it anymore? What gives. First Dye and now this.
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Old 01-30-2014, 09:53 PM #12
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Kee is a massive company. I'm waiting for a official press release
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Old 01-30-2014, 09:57 PM #13
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And we're expected to believe some random joe?

And I find it strange this is the same person who posted about cg not being made anymore. And he didn't post any proof, just ads for the paint.
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Old 01-30-2014, 10:02 PM #14
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Well.. Hopefully they don't raise paint prices.
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Dye report came from the same guy. Either this guy is starting ****, or has inside knowledge.
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Cite your sources, perhaps?
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Old 01-30-2014, 10:34 PM #17
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Dye reps have told their Dealers that CG is no longer being produced.

I bet KEE is taking over the plant that made the CG.
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Old 01-30-2014, 10:41 PM #18
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Dye reps have told their Dealers that CG is no longer being produced.

I bet KEE is taking over the plant that made the CG.
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thus why they are closing down the US plant, everything will be made overseas.
paint will not be exactly the same anymore. the new premium pink shell is different with a fill thats not as thick and a bit lighter in color. sucks cuz i love pink premium. oh and if youve ever opened a box of pink premium you know the smell of the paint.....thats gone as well. i loved that smell of opening a box of premium
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Surprise, Surprise. I didn't see this coming..
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The dye rumor involved another company that supposedly bullied the company to drop dye. Is KEE that company?
It wouldn't be KEE after having read this. It's probably GI. Better yet, the Nelson comeback!
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