S100 Pro Comp will be recognized at Edison Awards Gala on April 25 in Chicago
ST. LOUIS, MO - February 18, 2013 - Rawlings Sporting Goods Company, Inc., a subsidiary of Jarden Corporation (NYSE: JAH) and its new Rawlings S100® Pro Comp™ batting helmet was named as a finalist for the 2013 Edison Awards™ in the material science (composites) category, one of 12 categories honored by the Edison Awards. Constructed of aerospace-grade carbon fiber composite, the new Rawlings S100® Pro Comp™ batting helmet provides technologically-enhanced protection for ball strikes up to 100 miles per hour, and begins its first year of league-wide mandated use throughout Major League Baseball® in 2013. Rawlings is the Official Batting Helmet of Major League Baseball.
The distinguished awards symbolize the persistence and excellence personified by Thomas Alva Edison, inspiring creative minds to remain in the forefront of innovation, creativity and ingenuity in the global economy. Rawlings is the only sporting goods company honored as an Edison Award finalist, and joins other global brands as finalists such as 3M, AT&T, Michelin and Square.
"More than any year, this year's slate of finalists demonstrates the enormous value of teamwork, experimentation, consumer focus, market awareness and game-changing success," said Frank Bonafilia, Edison Awards' executive director. "It's exciting to see companies like Rawlings continuing Thomas Edison's legacy of challenging conventional thinking."
Approximately 200 MLB players elected to wear the Rawlings S100 Pro Comp last year before the league-wide rule went into effect, including National League™ batting champion Buster Posey of the World Series™ champion San Francisco Giants™.
The Rawlings S100 Pro Comp helmets are designed to withstand a 100 miles-per-hour ball strike through its aerospace-grade carbon fiber/epoxy resin construction. The design creates a 300-percent stiffer and 130 times stronger shell than traditional ABS plastic helmets used in the baseball industry.
The increased protection does not sacrifice any performance qualities as the Rawlings S100 Pro Comp weighs approximately five ounces less and is almost 200 cubic inches smaller than the original S100, first introduced in 2009, and currently worn by all Minor League Baseball® players. The similarities in weight and size to current Rawlings batting helmets allow for a seamless transition to the Rawlings S100 Pro Comp for all MLB players.
"With an increased focus on head protection by both consumers and manufacturers in all sports including baseball, Rawlings continues to take a stand of being an innovator in sporting goods technology" said Art Chou, senior vice president of product for St. Louis-based Rawlings. "The Rawlings S100 Pro Comp construction and design allow for the increased protective benefits to withstand a ball strike above the NOCSAE® standard of 68 miles per hour, while allowing the player to have a traditional size shell they are accustomed to wearing."
The ballot of nominees for the Edison Awards is judged by more than 3,000 senior business executives and academics from across the nation whose votes acknowledge the Finalists' success in meeting the award criteria of Concept, Value, Delivery and Impact. The panel includes members of the Marketing Executives Networking Group (MENG), the American Association Advertising Agencies (4As) the Chief Marketing Officer Council (CMO), the Design Management Institute (DMI), the American Productivity & Quality Center (APQC), the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) and the Association of Technology Management & Applied Engineering (ATMAE). Other panelists include hundreds of past Edison Award winners, marketing professionals, scientists, designers, engineers and academics.
Award winners will be announced April 25, 2013, at the Edison Awards Annual Gala, held in the Grand Ballroom at historic Navy Pier in Chicago. For more information on the 2013 Edison Awards, please visit www.edisonawards.com.