Sex toy manufacturer honored alongside other impressive mainstream brands LivingSocial, Otterbox & more
HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. – Innovative adult novelty and pleasure product manufacturer Sportsheets® has been inducted into the 2013 Inc. Magazine’s, 5000 list of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies. This exclusive club features some of the top mainstream brand names in America, with past honorees including Zappos, Pandora and Microsoft. This year Sportsheets shares top honors with daily deals giant LivingSocial, durable phone case inventor OtterBox, and fashion-forward jewelry designer Alex and Ani.
And now, for the first time, Inc. 5000 honorees are joined by the award-winning developer of soft restraints and sexual positioning products designed for Keeping Couples Connected®, a tagline the company has done business by for more than 20 years.
“It’s incredibly exciting and inspiring to be recognized for our astounding business development alongside some of the most popular and successful mainstream businesses in the country,” Sportsheets® CEO and founder Tom Stewart said. “Making it into this exclusive club is not an easy feat – the average inductee grew 468% with sales numbers maintaining constant inclines in a difficult economic climate. We are so proud of our team’s hard work and dedication to upholding this level of business excellence.”
Sportsheets® sales numbers began an extraordinary climb since the introduction of the award-winning Sex & Mischief® collection and its clever marketing affiliation with society’s growing obsession with erotic fiction. And following last year’s sophisticated packaging revamp for Sportsheets’ namesake brand with consistent additions to its multiple top-selling lines, the company set a new industry standard for brand name recognition and began its steady ascent into the ranks of the prestigious Inc. 5000 list.
The product that started it all in the early 90’s was the Sportsheet™ bondage bed sheet, a simple over-the-mattress Velcro® compatible fitted sheet. The Velcro® allowed for easy attachment and removal of soft handcuffs, ankle cuffs and other fun restraint accessories.
“We launched out of our garage in 1993 with an idea for an easy-to-use soft bondage product and now have a lineup of specialty brands that couples enjoy around the world,” Sportsheets President Julie Stewart said. “And since then the momentum hasn’t stopped, and being inducted into the Inc. Magazine’s 5000 list of fastest-growing companies tells us one thing: Sportsheets® is bringing the public what it wants: more exciting and better sex!”
The Stewart’s, brother and sister business partners, and their team received a personalized letter from Inc. Editor in Chief Eric Schurenberg congratulating Sportsheets® for its inclusion and welcoming the company to this exclusive club.
“Congratulations to you and your team,” Schurenberg wrote. “You should be proud of all Sportsheets® International has achieved to date. I wish you many more years of success.”
For 32 years, Inc. magazine has been the premiere print publication providing valuable resources, solutions and information to entrepreneurs and business owners. The organization introduced the Inc. 500 list in 1982 to showcase the nation’s fastest-growing businesses, and 25 years later the list was expanded to 5000 to provide a broader view of the nation’s ever-evolving entrepreneurial landscape.
The Inc. 5000 inclusion comes on the heels of Sportsheets being named one of the Fastest Growing Private Companies of 2012 by the Orange County Business Journal, which honored the family-owned-and-operated manufacturer for its stable growth since its launch two decades ago.
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Sportsheets® International has helped ordinary couples find new pleasure and explore new positions together with specialized “relationship tools” since 1993, when the Sportsheet sexual positioning and restraint system broke into the market. The company now offers more than 350 specialty items, including the Sportsheets® Premium restraints, sexual positioning products, and strap-on harnesses; redefining S&M with the Sex&Mischief® line; the Manbound™ collection for gay couples; Naughty Night Out™bachelorette line; Tease the Season™ Christmas novelties; XOXO2U Collection of Sportsheets-inspired romance; and the award-winning Sex in The Shower® collection. All of the company’s brands individually and collectively support its goal of Keeping Couples Connected!®