Icon Health & Fitness
|Headquarters||Logan, Utah, USA|
|Key people||Scott Watterson
weight machines and benches
yoga and Pilates equipment
Icon Health and Fitness is the world’s largest manufacturer of exercise equipment. The privately held company employs about 2500 people in 9 locations, including facilities in China, Europe, and North and South America. The company manufactures treadmills, elliptical trainers, stationary bicycles, weight machines and benches, and yoga and Pilates equipment. ICON is ISO 9000 certified, and holds about 200 patents.
In 1977, Utah State University students Scott Watterson and Gary E. Stevenson founded Weslo, Inc., a company that imported Asian kitchen and tableware, along with marble products. In 1979, Weslo began selling wood-burning stoves under the Fire King brand. In the 1980s, they began manufacturing trampolines, and then, under the name ProForm Fitness Products, treadmills, exercise bikes, indoor rowers, and home gyms.
In 1994, Weider sold ProForm and Weslo, along with Weider Care, to IHF Capital Inc, a group led by Mitt Romney's Bain Capital, in a deal equaling US$450 million. The companies were renamed Icon Health and Fitness, Inc.
- "Poll: Americans are spending less on exercise". MSNBC (NBCNews.com). 2009-10-19.
- Icon corporate website
- "Proform, Weslo Health-Equipment Firms Sign a Deal to Boost Their Financial Fitness," The Deseret News, November 15, 1994]
- "ICON says it’s scrapping stock offering," The Deseret News, September 27, 1996
- "ICON Health & Fitness to Acquire HealthRider," The Deseret News, July 9, 1996
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