Kegel, the company that researches the sport of bowling, located at the Longleaf Business Park off U.S. 27 in Lake Wales, was the program topic for the Lake Wales Kiwanis Club on June 16. The company creates machines to operate the sport of bowling by making lane machines, lane supplies. pinsetter parts, bowler products and more, said Bob Daugherty, vice president of operations.
The local company employs 65 people in Lake Wales and has others working across the country.
“We have had a record year with upward of $18 million last year and have a good six months so far,” Daugherty said. “Our main competition is Brunswick and AMF.”
The company has purchased the building behind its present location to expand its machine operation. A deli cafe for employees for their turn-around lunches is provided at the site.
A training center is located on-site consisting of a custom built 12-lane bowling center for serious bowlers to train to be the best. Kegel hosts educational clinics in various forms for bowlers, coaches and pro shop operators. The first of its kind, the Kegel Training Center boasts several original concepts including C.A.T.S. on every lane, adjustable topography lanes and advanced coaching tools, according to the website. Daugherty noted the support the company offers with Webber University’s successful championship student bowlers.
“Jennifer Adams, a home decorator on par with Martha Stewart will be endorsing our products in the near future,” Daugherty said.
The public can shop in the company’s pro shop on the grounds of the business park.