Tanners Team Sports Inc. has been a strong contributor to the Hot Springs community for over 12 years. They recently invested over $1.4M in a new facility at Mid-America Industrial Park to help accommodate their growth. As a result of this expansion, they are able to hire more employees to support their growing business which is reporting consistent year-over-year revenue increases of almost twenty percent.
Tanners is the sporting goods industry’s leading supplier of baseball accessories and the official accessories licensee for St. Louis-based Rawlings® Sporting Goods Company, a special partnership for the last 25 years. The company produces almost 400 different team sports accessories, primarily for baseball, but also a variety of private-label items for major sporting goods retailers. Tanners also has three company-owned baseball brands – Tanners, Gorilla-Tee, and Vulcan. You can find products made by Tanners virtually everywhere baseball products are sold, including Walmart, Kmart, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Academy Sports, Modell’s, Big 5, Hibbett, Amazon, and over 2,500 independent retailers nationwide, and in 27 different baseball-playing countries throughout the world.
Tanners currently has over 25 full-time employees, plus contract staff, seasonal workers, and local vendors-partners. It pumps an estimated $1M/year into the local economy. Positions in the warehouse and plant range from entry level, semi-skilled, and skilled jobs; office positions include management plus a variety of specialists focused on marketing, digital media, product management, sourcing, logistics, accounting, purchasing, graphics, and customer service.
Tanners manufactures many parts and products in-house including baseball glove oil, batting tees, and baseball glove lace. And specialty packaging machines in its plant are operated by trained staff to allow the company to combine sourced-components with in-house parts to produce finished product. All products are shipped out from the company’s new Hot Springs headquarters. And over 99% of what the company produces is shipped out of state, with an estimated 10% of that volume exported to foreign countries. By producing here and selling outside of Arkansas, and by filling jobs and developing talent from Hot Springs and Garland County, businesses like Tanners are a vital component to driving a healthy local and state economy.
We appreciate Tanners Team Sports Inc.’s decision to choose Hot Springs as its headquarters. We congratulate them on their success. We also want to thank all of their partners for helping to make this dream a reality.