Rival buys Skee-Ball manufacturer in Pennsylvania
DOYLESTOWN, Pa. — The eastern Pennsylvania manufacturer of Skee-Ball has been sold to a Wisconsin rival in the amusements industry.
Owner Joseph Sladek told The Philadelphia Inquirer (http://bit.ly/1XPgQhQ ) that he sold the Skee-Ball enterprise to Pulaski, Wisconsin-based Bay Tek Games Inc. The deal was signed Tuesday and the price wasn’t disclosed.
Sladek bought Skee-Ball Inc. in 1985 and called the sale a “bittersweet goodbye.” Skee-Ball manufactures its games in New Britain Township. But it will move to Wisconsin after a three-month transition.
Bay Tek CEO Gaetan Philippon says the companies have a friendly history and they knew “one day one was going to buy the other.”
Skee-Ball President Jeff Hudson says about 25 to 30 people work for the company in Bucks County.
The company says Skee-Ball was invented in Philadelphia in 1909 by J.D. Estes.