Big news in the bowhunting community today: Kitchener, Ontario’s Excalibur Crossbow, which celebrated its 30-year anniversary in 2013, has been acquired by U.S.-based Bowtech, a major archery gear maker. The news was announced today by way of a press release from Bowtech’s Eugene, Oregon, offices.
“We could not have asked for a better partner to assist us in taking the Excalibur products and brand to the next level,” the release quotes Excalibur President Rob Dykeman as saying. “BOWTECH’s commitment to innovation and meeting consumer needs aligns with the vision we have always had for Excalibur. Both companies share very strong reputations and positions in the market, and combining both companies will be a great benefit to both product lines and brands going forward. Excalibur is very excited about the future possibilities.”
Excalibur Crossbow was launched in 1983 by the husband-and-wife hunting duo of Bill and Kath Troubridge (pictured), who have stepped back from the day-to-day operation of the company in recent years. They started the iconic firm out of a rented pig barn with one model of crossbow—the Relayer. Today, Excalibur employs 60 people and produces 14 different models of crossbow out of its 40,000-square-foot factory.
With the sale, Excalibur now joins Bowtech’s suite of archery brands, which includes Bowtech, Diamond, Octane and Stryker. “Bowtech brings the most innovative design and technology to the compound bow category,” Bowtech CEO Ron Johnson is quoted as saying in the release. “Excalibur shares these values and their crossbows are the finest on the market. Excalibur is a perfect addition to our company’s product and brand portfolio.”