UWHK Limited is an investment firm in global outdoor brands and a division of United Wheels Limited. United Wheels is the majority shareholder in Miami Twp.-based Huffy Corp. and owner of Allite, Inc. and VAAST Bicycles, to be launched later in 2018, the company said in its announcement. Each company, including Niner, maintains separate operations.
RELATED: Huffy was born in Dayton
This announcement will not affect employment at Huffy, a spokeswoman for UWHK said in an email.
“Acquiring Niner represents important opportunities for UWHK and Niner,” said Bruno Maier, UWHK managing director of new business, who is based in the Dayton area. “With UWHK’s support, Niner can focus on quality off-road product R & D and effective strategies to maximize gains.”
Chris Sugai continues as president of Niner Bikes, in Fort Collins, Colo.
“We are in-step with the vision and fast-track global plans for Niner. Our leadership team and culture, which are synonymous with our brand, will be maintained,” Sugai said in the same statement. “UWHK’s support allows the dedicated team at Niner to keep producing high quality bikes.”
Financial details of the sale were not disclosed.
UWHK is a holding company of outdoor brands owned by United Wheels. UWHK seeks outdoor companies and brands to add to its portfolio of Huffy Corp., as well as Allite, Inc., and VAAST Bicycles.
Niner Bikes was founded in 2004 to focus on 29-inch mountain bikes.