Carroll-based Graphic Edge has been sold to ABS Sports, a company affiliated with Trivest Partners in Coral Gables, Florida. Graphic Edge CEO Bill Schenkelberg said the new owner plans to retain 200 jobs in Carroll for the foreseeable future. (Photo by Rebecca McKinsey)
Carroll-based Graphic Edge has been sold to ABS Sports, a company affiliated with Trivest Partners in Coral Gables, Florida. Graphic Edge CEO Bill Schenkelberg said the new owner plans to retain 200 jobs in Carroll for the foreseeable future. (Photo by Rebecca McKinsey)

August 13, 2019

The new owner of Carroll-based Graphic Edge plans to retain 200 jobs here for the foreseeable future, Graphic Edge CEO Bill Schenkelberg said.

“There’s a lot of knowledge and experience that, honestly, I think would be difficult to move,” Schenkelberg said.

ASB Sports, affiliated with Coral Gables, Florida-based Trivest Partners, confirmed Monday months-long speculation that the Graphic Edge, founded in 1989 in Carroll, would be sold. The sale was official Friday, said Schenkelberg, who will remain with the company but assume a new title.

The Graphic Edge is one of the largest independent distributors of uniforms and apparel to high schools, colleges, corporations and other sports organizations throughout the country. In addition, the company maintains one of the largest screen printing and custom decoration operations, with more than 120,000 square feet of capacity in three locations in Iowa, Vermont, and Nevada.

ASB is one of the largest and fastest-growing national value-added distributors of sporting goods equipment in the country, with additional expertise in customer decoration and online store fulfillment.

Long-time Graphic Edge owner John Reglein started The Graphic Edge with two part-time employees in a small shop in Carroll in July of 1989, according to the company’s website.

Schenkelberg said Reglein and his family had many options for a sale but went with ASB to ensure its many long-time employees would have job security.

“It was very important for John to ensure that the employment in Carroll will be retained,” Schenkelberg said.

The client reach and financial muscle of Trivest positions Graphic Edge, and the Carroll employees, in a sustainable spot in the increasingly competitive marketplace, Schenkelberg said.

Because ASB and Graphic Edge are privately held, no details on the sales price were released.