Solingen, Germany – -(AmmoLand.com)- PUMA GmbH IP Solingen, manufacturer of PUMA® knives, is pleased to announce the appointment of PUMA® KNIFE COMPANY USA as exclusive distributor of the PUMA® knife brand in the United States, Canada, and Mexico, effective January 1, 2009. Industry veterans Bob Carpenter and Chris Lalik are heading the new PUMA® North America company. The new distributor will be located in Lenexa, Kansas.
Since it was formed on the Wupper River in 1769, PUMA® has set the standard that established Solingen, Germany as the world's premier knife manufacturing center. PUMA® is, in fact, the 8th oldest trademark in Germany. PUMA® has been distributed in the United States since 1957 and has established a strong reputation for high-quality hunting knives.
Bob Carpenter, President of PUMA® Knife Company USA, has 19 years experience in the outdoor business, most recently as National Accounts Sales Manager at Coast Cutlery. Chris Lalik, Vice President of Marketing and Operations, spent the past 16 years with Bushnell Performance Optics and Meade Instruments.
“We are excited about our new partnership with the PUMA® Knife Company USA,” states Harald Lauer, General Manager of PUMA GmbH IP Solingen. “The North American market is the biggest knife market in the world, and we look forward to writing the next chapter in the storied history of PUMA® in North America.”
PUMA® Knife Company USA is the North American distributor of PUMA® knives and is located at 13934 West 108th Street, Lenexa, Kansas 66215. PUMA® knives is the 8th oldest brand in Germany and has been manufacturing high performance hunting and sporting knives since 1769. For more information, please visit the PUMA® Knife Company at booth 6143 at SHOT Show or contact Chris Lalik at 913-888-5524 or [email protected]. See our website at www.pumaknifecompanyusa.com.