Johnson Outdoors acquires Northport Systems

Johnson Outdoors acquired key assets of Northport Systems, specialists in the development and application of digital cartography technologies.
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Johnson Outdoors acquired key assets of Northport Systems, specialists in the development and application of digital cartography technologies.

Northport’s Toronto-based operations will be integrated into the company’s fishing business, which manufactures and markets the Minn Kota and Humminbird brands.

Terms were not disclosed.

“Innovation is what consumers demand, customers expect and Johnson Outdoors has delivered consistently for nearly 50 years,” Johnson Outdoors chairman and CEO Helen Johnson-Leipold said in a statement. “We are pioneers in fishing electronics, from electric trolling motors to wireless remote steering and navigation to revolutionary side-imaging sonar.”

The company credited strong new-product performance for record annual sales and profits in the Minn Kota brand in fiscal 2015. It also said it saw double-digit growth in its fishing business during this year’s first fiscal quarter.

“Northport brings new cartography capabilities which can broaden our innovation horizon, accelerate speed-to-market and further enhance potential for bigger new product success and sustained growth in our global fishing brands,” said Johnson-Leipold.

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