Friday, April 24, 2009

Rihachi and Rizo Mizuno

Today we honor Rihachi and Rizo Mizuno for using their private property to create The Mizuno Corporation. The Mizuno website reports that the company was founded in 1906 by the Mizuno brothers. At the end of the 19th century and beginning of the 20th century, Japan began embracing traditionally western sports, and the Mizuno brothers filled the demand for baseballs and other equipment.

A year after the company began, Mizuno Corp began to produce personalized equipment, something it is well-known for today. In 1911, Mizuno began sponsoring baseball championships in Japan. In 1933, the company produced the first Japanese-made golf clubs. While personal information about the Mizuno brothers is limited, professionally, Rihachi Mizuno led the company to great achievements. In 1969, the Mizunos brought their company to the United States of America.

Today Mizuno employees almost 2,000 people and makes a variety of sports equipment. Masato Mizuno is the current president and helps the company pursue its vision
of "Contributing to society through the advancement of sporting goods and the promotion of sports." Today we honor Rihachi and Rizo Mizuno for using their private property to create The Mizuno Corporation, which has brought great wealth to many.

Sources:
Mizuno Corp on Wikipedia
Mizuno's Official History
Mizuno USA

Here's a promotional clip about Mizuno USA:

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