An already tense effort to manage the rising number of confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus in Canada and the United States has been intensified by increasingly desperate calls from front-line medical personnel for the protective equipment needed to safely do their jobs. And amid those growing calls for support, the hockey world has offered an unlikely reply.
Russell Layton had been laid off from his job. He had a wife and two young children to support. And he was sinking huge sums of money into a high-risk entrepreneurial vision. Three years later, Layton’s company has not only silenced the doubters; it has exceeded all expectations. Three years after its launch, Sparx has been ranked 56th on the Inc. 500 list of the fastest growing private companies in the U.S. Sparx skate-sharpeners are used by 25 NHL franchises and scores of other teams at all levels of hockey.
Sparx Hockey, inventor of the revolutionary Sparx Skate Sharpener, has been named to the 2019 Inc. 500 list, the most prestigious ranking of America's fastest growing private companies. The company's incredible growth propelled Sparx Hockey to the No. 56 ranking on this year's list and is the highest-ranking sports and fitness brand as well as the fastest growing company in both Massachusetts and New England.
One of the hottest companies in the country right now is based in Acton, and their success is all because of a cool idea for sharpening skates.Sparx Hockey is changing the way players at all levels are keeping their equipment in top shape. It all started in 2016 when Russell Layton, a mechanical engineer and frustrated hockey dad, decided to create something that would make it possible to sharpen skates at home.
Sparx Hockey today announced the international availability of its entire product line, including its flagship product the Sparx Skate Sharpener. The company recently secured partnerships with key international retailers to expand Sparx Hockey's distribution and will immediately begin selling its products outside of North America for the first time in the company's history.
Sparx Hockey has revolutionized the way hockey players will sharpen their skates by cutting out the bulk of the process; going to the shop to get blades sharpened. Instead, Sparx allows skaters to sharpen their skates at their own convenience at their own homes.