About Spalding® Equipment

Russell Brands, LLC, owner of the Spalding® trademark, manufactures world-class athletic equipment. High quality products, superior product design and integrated product development make Spalding® second-to-none.

In 2004, Russell Brands, LLC acquired American Athletic, Inc.® ("AAI"), located in Jefferson, Iowa, and consolidated its Spalding® equipment, namely basketball systems, volleyball systems and gymnasium equipment, under one roof, alongside AAI's gymnastic and cheer equipment products. In this way, the famous Spalding® brand of equipment was paired with AAI's 50 years of equipment manufacturing expertise and now both brands are leaders in their respective industries:

  • Spalding® is the world's largest basketball equipment supplier.
  • Spalding® is the official backboard of the NBA® and the NCAA®, including the NCAA® Final Four
  • AAI® is the world's leading manufacturer of gymnastics apparatus in all categories.
  • AAI® is the official equipment supplier to USA Gymnastics® and the NCAA®.


Spalding's Factory Facility



Equipment bearing Russell's Spalding® and American Athletic, Inc.® trademarks is produced at three up-to-date, well-equipped, well-maintained facilities, totaling over 240,000 square feet in Jefferson, Iowa. The 85,000 square foot main plant houses the company's metal manufacturing operations, where the steel and aluminum components for the company's gymnastics, basketball and volleyball equipment are produced. The 30,000 square foot fabric plant, where our mats and pads are manufactured, is located on a 2-acre site directly adjacent to the main plant. The third facility contains 127,000 square feet and houses several assembly operations, all finished-goods warehousing, and the shipping department.