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There seems to be some credible posts on some other sites about Royal Precision closing their only plant in CT and laying off 150 employees. Does anyone know any more about it? Doesn't sound like they were acquired by another company, and I don't know if anything or anyone will carry on with their product.
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i guess this is true. wow, never heard this. thought they were gaining popularity.

http://www.wfsb.com/Global/story.asp?S=4951115

 

Royal Precision Golf Corporation Closes Its Doors

 

Torrington - A company that makes golf clubs has made its last swing by laying off workers and shutting down. The doors officially closed this afternoon at the Royal Precision Golf Corporation on Migeon Avenue in Torrington.

 

The layoffs started in November and now 150 more workers will be on the unemployment line. Mixed emotion as employees took the walk from building to parking lot one last time. Some of these employees have been working there for the last forty years. But what's bothered some the most as they were leaving is that the news came this morning.

 

"This is a slap in the face," said Bob Strahan.

 

After 36 years Bob Strahan was due to retire soon and this job was all he had.

 

After decades of making cutting edge golf club parts and known for manufacturing the country's first steel shaft, Royal Precision is closing its Torrington plant. The last couple of years workers say the company has seen hard times. Three years ago more than 100 workers were laid off and those remaining had a feeling this was coming.

 

Now employees say they're the ones who've been shafted.

 

Next week union members will meet with the company to iron out a severance package. Company officials released a statement saying they were in fact closing but gave no reason.

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There seems to be some credible posts on some other sites about Royal Precision closing their only plant in CT and laying off 150 employees. Does anyone know any more about it? Doesn't sound like they were acquired by another company, and I don't know if anything or anyone will carry on with their product.

 

I'm actually VERY surprised it took the story this long to break. This has actually been in the works for a while, and I had heard about this a few months back (I don't know anybody, but I knows people who knows people :crazy: ). It's sad to see one of the major innovators in shaft technology (first came PX, then came black gold; first came flighted rifle, then came TCI's; first came the McD's breakfast menu, then came BK's breakfast menu), fall by the wayside. But problems with OEM support, keeping up with demand, and cocaine use (purely speculative :crazy2: ) will take it's toll on any company.

 

The upshot to all of this is that Nippon Steel is the shoe-in for #2 in the steel shaft industry. ;)

 

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Next week union members will meet with the company to iron out a severance package. Company officials released a statement saying they were in fact closing but gave no reason.

 

 

in these days, unions have become the grim reaper of US manufacturing.

 

I really hope someone does pick up the pieces. I see their shafts all the time on the course. I got to believe manufacturing overhead eventually crippled them because they certainly put out a very competative product.

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It is unfortunate but it is the reality of the business.

 

Other parties were interested - but not in operating from that location. Unfortunately their equipment would be too difficult (and expensive) to move from this destination to another shaft companies headquarters in another state or country. (if you have been in a shaft plant you will know what I am talking about).

 

With many top engineers now released from their employment at RP - watch for something new to happen - it may just take some time. Their technology is not dead forever...

 

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Here is one from the Hartford Currant...

 

http://www.courant.com/news/local/hc-26074...headlines-local

 

 

 

I guess I better order my Srixon i506 with no PX upcharge like yesterday

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Guys,

 

Unfortunatly RP is in the process of being purchased, the whole closing down thing is just part of the process. They are coming off one of their best years ever and have secured more OEM biz for 2007 than ever. The fact is that the owner has been in the process of divesting many of his businesses interests and RP is one of them.

It has been no secret that RP has been up for sale for several months with a number of high profile bidders. I'm quite sure that a press release is forthcoming that will explain that one company has purchased assets and patents etc. to RP.

BTW RP moved offices out of Arizona several years ago, but maintains a PO address in Scottsdale for banking purposes.

I understand that the purchaser plans to continue to manufacture PX and Rifle products at their location, I just hope that they are able to produce them at the same high tolerences!

Hope this helps answer a few questions.

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The problem is that a lot of those factory workers are second and third generation working in that plant....and there just ain't a lot else to do in Torrington CT. Although unions have never helped RP's cause, you've got to feel bad for a lot of those dude's, they lived for making quality shafts. For anyone whom has ever had the opportunity to visit a steel shaft factory....there's only two in North America! RP employees truly appreciated there products and loved their job!

 

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This is why manufacturers like Callaway, Cleveland, and Taylor Made stopped putting rifle in their clubs as the OEM shaft. Cleveland refuses to put any rifle products in any of their clubs, Callaway only by special order, and Taylor Made stupidly put rifles back in their forged MBs this year after a couple of years of dynamic gold in their CBs.

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Not sure what you mean by your post, RP is being bought and in a couple of weeks you will find out by whom. RP, due to labour laws had to give all unionized employees several weeks noticed prior to laying off a significant percentage of the work staff (in this case all!). They are paying all unionized workers for this entire time plus giving full severence packages (hence the 2 weeks 'till the press release).

Regarding OEM's, the fact is Rifles are just a pain in the butt for them to use. Very few people really know how to properly install Rifles (usually come out way too stiff when put in by a non CRC). They are a descending weight product that is frequency matched as a set. OEM's don't want that many sku's or hassel in assembly. They love the simplicity of constant weight DG's!! Not to mention, guys who buy Rifles are usually guys who check frequencies (OEM's don't like that), guys who buy DG's ususally don't care.

RP actually made constant weight Rifles for a couple of the OEM's you mentioned, but their factory just wasn't set up for that and it killed them!(lot's 'O downgrades).

Anyway, I'm still not sure what you were referring to, but I hope I've answered a couple of unanswered questions.

RP has been a great vendor of ours, We beleive the ACCRA Tour Steel is as good as it gets. Kim Braly designed the ACCRA Tour Steel (along with PX and Rifle) and RP manufactured it perfectly. We don't sell to OEM's by choice (they just can't take the time to properly make sets to take advantage of all the benefits). Tommy Armour does a good job dealing with Rifle blanks and offering different flight options, similar to what we do on Tour. but few others will try!

 

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Not sure what you mean by your post, RP is being bought and in a couple of weeks you will find out by whom. RP, due to labour laws had to give all unionized employees several weeks noticed prior to laying off a significant percentage of the work staff (in this case all!). They are paying all unionized workers for this entire time plus giving full severence packages (hence the 2 weeks 'till the press release).

Regarding OEM's, the fact is Rifles are just a pain in the butt for them to use. Very few people really know how to properly install Rifles (usually come out way too stiff when put in by a non CRC). They are a descending weight product that is frequency matched as a set. OEM's don't want that many sku's or hassel in assembly. They love the simplicity of constant weight DG's!! Not to mention, guys who buy Rifles are usually guys who check frequencies (OEM's don't like that), guys who buy DG's ususally don't care.

RP actually made constant weight Rifles for a couple of the OEM's you mentioned, but their factory just wasn't set up for that and it killed them!(lot's 'O downgrades).

Anyway, I'm still not sure what you were referring to, but I hope I've answered a couple of unanswered questions.

RP has been a great vendor of ours, We beleive the ACCRA Tour Steel is as good as it gets. Kim Braly designed the ACCRA Tour Steel (along with PX and Rifle) and RP manufactured it perfectly. We don't sell to OEM's by choice (they just can't take the time to properly make sets to take advantage of all the benefits). Tommy Armour does a good job dealing with Rifle blanks and offering different flight options, similar to what we do on Tour. but few others will try!

 

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The various manufacturers I referred to didn't like dealing with RP because they were unreliable with product, quality, and delivery times over the years. Cleveland does not offer them because they are a pain to install it is for those other reasons. They also couldn't supply Callaway the constant weighted rifle they wanted in their Xs so back to other shafts. As far as quality I can tell you from personal experience both from OEMs and from ordering sets of shafts from component companies I have had more Project X shafts with weld flaws than I have had with any other shaft in my life. Exactly 8 shafts had splits either by the grip or slightly farther down the shaft. That is hideous quality control, but RP still shipped them out (even stupider that an OEM would install it). It is all this plus the appearance of "constant" restructuring that gives pause (remember a company called precision under brunswick---each time they've changed it hasn't been because they are wildly profitable). I can assure you that Callaway, Taylor Made, and Cleveland all have people that know/knew how to install rifle shafts.

 

No I'm not a rifle basher as I have about half of my irons with Project Xs (after getting replacements for the split ones). I'm just telling you what I have been told by the various OEMs over the years and my personal experience. They have always been a good alternative to dynamic golds (especially if you have problems getting the long irons airborne even before the flighted series). Absolutely nothing said above has anything to do with the function/performance of the shaft as designed.

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WOW! Guess you don't like RP!

Many of your points are arguable and a few might be considered dead on! let's just say, in general, we agree to disagree!

I'd love to know your relationship is to the industry to have such strong views?

 

I will say that I have had the pleasure of dealing with RP for a number of years and we have sold thousands of ACCRA Tour Steels and until last month (we had 8 shafts returned with some streaks in the finish), we had never had a complaint from any of our 200+ partners (dealers).

 

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Email from RP~!

 

 

We have posted the WARN Act, which states that in 2 weeks we will shutdown. However, Rifle shafts will be available for many more years. All is confidential at this time, however in a few weeks you will find out much more. Thank you for your concern and Rifle shafts will be stronger than ever after all is 'said and done.'

 

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There seems to be some credible posts on some other sites about Royal Precision closing their only plant in CT and laying off 150 employees. Does anyone know any more about it? Doesn't sound like they were acquired by another company, and I don't know if anything or anyone will carry on with their product.

 

I'm actually VERY surprised it took the story this long to break. This has actually been in the works for a while, and I had heard about this a few months back (I don't know anybody, but I knows people who knows people :hi: ). It's sad to see one of the major innovators in shaft technology (first came PX, then came black gold; first came flighted rifle, then came TCI's; first came the McD's breakfast menu, then came BK's breakfast menu), fall by the wayside. But problems with OEM support, keeping up with demand, and cocaine use (purely speculative :D ) will take it's toll on any company.

 

The upshot to all of this is that Nippon Steel is the shoe-in for #2 in the steel shaft industry. :idhitit:

 

beruo

 

Sorry to disappoint, but RP did not innovate these shafts you claim. First came Dynamic Gold then came Project X(PX is a constant weight product like Dynamic Gold, First came Tri-Gold then came Rifle Flighted (TCI is a constant weight shaft, Rifle flighted is not, Tri-Gold was not).

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Tri-gold shafts were horrible, in my opinion... before I really understood equipment, I bought a set of irons off the shelf with the Tri-Gold shafts installed...and struggled for several years before finding a clubmaker. The frequencies were all over the place. I understand that the kickpoint moved throughout the set, and analyzing a TT shaft based on RP charts isn't kosher...but:

 

Supposedly an "S" flex, the shorter clubs came out to X++ flex and the long irons were senior flex. Horrible.

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Tri-gold shafts were horrible, in my opinion... before I really understood equipment, I bought a set of irons off the shelf with the Tri-Gold shafts installed...and struggled for several years before finding a clubmaker. The frequencies were all over the place. I understand that the kickpoint moved throughout the set, and analyzing a TT shaft based on RP charts isn't kosher...but:

 

Supposedly an "S" flex, the shorter clubs came out to X++ flex and the long irons were senior flex. Horrible.

 

Now I never said the Tri-Gold was a good shaft, I just said there was a flighted shaft before Rifle flighted and TCI is not a copy of Rifle Flighted.

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