Precor Incorporated

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Precor
Industry Fitness equipment and software
Predecessor(s) Premark International, Inc.
Founded 1980
Founder(s) David Smith
Headquarters Woodinville, Washington, USA
Products eliptical trainers, treadmills, stationary bicycles, climbers, stretching, strength equipment, Adaptive Motion Trainer, networked fitness
Owner(s) Amer Sports Corporation
Employees 6,330
Website www.precor.com

Precor is an American manufacturer of fitness equipment for home and commercial use. The company headquarters are located in Woodinville, Washington. Precor is a subsidiary[1] of the Amer Sports corporation, the world's largest sports equipment company.[2] Additional Amer brands include Wilson Sporting Goods Company, Atomic Skis, Suunto, Salomon Group, Arc'teryx and Mavic.

Company history[edit]

In 1980, industrial designer David Smith founded Precor[3] and launched the first ergonomically sound rowing machine. In 1985, Paul J. Byrne joined Precor as Vice President of Sales and Marketing. In 2000, he was named president.

Over the course of 28 years and under Byrne's leadership, Precor grew from a $20 million manufacturer of home rowing machines in the United States to a $350 million supplier of fitness equipment to health clubs, hotels, spas, physical fitness centers and private homes globally.[4]

In May 2013, Byrne announced that after 28 years with Precor, including 13 as president, he would begin his retirement September 1, 2013.[5] Precor Vice President EMEA and APAC Rob Barker will assume the presidency.

Products[edit]

1980: Rowing Machine

1985: Bike

1990: Treadmill

1995: Elliptical

2007: Adaptive Motion Trainer (AMT)

2012: AMT with Open Stride

2012: Preva networked fitness

Precor licenses the StretchTrainer and began offering core equipment AbX and VCrunch as a result of the company's acquisition of Fitness Products International in 2004.

Product history[edit]

Precor has developed a number of new categories of fitness equipment. The company launched the first ergonomically sound indoor rower machine in 1980. In 1990, the company created the first cushioned treadmill. Precor launched the first Elliptical Fitness Crosstrainer (EFX) in 1995 and in 2007, released the Adaptive Motion Trainer (AMT), a piece of cardiovascular equipment that adapts to an exerciser’s stride length and motion. AMT was enhanced with Open Stride in 2012.[6]

In 2011, Precor launched the Experience Series[7] line of cardio equipment with touchscreen console technology and network capability. The following year, Preva networked fitness was released,[8] bringing Internet content and personalized workouts to exercisers (allowing users to track workouts and monitor progress)[9] and management tools to operators.

Preva is one of the first networked fitness solutions and operates in more than 1,000 commercial installations across 37 countries.[10]

Social and environmental responsibility[edit]

Precor has established a track record of progressive environmental stewardship and gained industry and government recognition for environmental and manufacturing best practices. The Precor record of continuous improvement to protect human health and the environment is evident in multiple honors earned over the past decade from local and state regulators.

For example, Precor pollution prevention objectives have allowed the company to attain a Zero Hazardous Waste Generator status as well as a No Exposure Certification. The company also received the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) CI Gold recognition[11] by the U.S. Green Building Council for the design, construction, and operation of the office interiors in its manufacturing plant in Guilford County, North Carolina.

Precor and the community[edit]

Precor has awarded nearly $1.5 million[12] in support of various YMCA programs since the inception of the Precor Cares program in 2010. In partnership with YMCA of the USA (Y-USA), monetary sums are awarded to local YMCAs across the country to support the implementation of the YMCA’s Healthy Eating and Physical Activity (HEPA) standards.

The Precor Gives program was established in 2006[13] to provide employees with a way to support charitable organizations of their choice through company matching contributions. Currently, more than 70 organizations benefit as a result of Precor Gives.

References[edit]

  1. ^ [1] Club Industry
  2. ^ [2] Deseret News
  3. ^ [3] Seattle Times
  4. ^ [4] IHRSA
  5. ^ [5] Club Industry
  6. ^ [6] YouTube
  7. ^ [7] YouTube
  8. ^ [8] Athletic Business
  9. ^ By Jeffrey Steele, Chicago Tribune."Smart technology helps renters stay connected." November 15, 2013. Retrieved December 3, 2013.
  10. ^ [9] Athletic Business
  11. ^ [10] Triad Area Business Journal
  12. ^ [11] Club Industry
  13. ^ [12] EZ Facility