YoYoJam announced today in an official press release that they are closing doors at the end of the year.
For nearly 17 years YoYoJam has provided patents that revolutionized the industry, designs that changed the direction of modern yoyo play, products used by multiple World Champions and National Champions from all across the globe, and a team that has included some of the most incredible players and innovators in the industry.
But on December 31, 2015 YoYoJam® will officially close it doors forever bringing an end to a legendary brand, a legendary team, and perhaps one of the most influential companies in modern yo-yoing.
The decision did not come easily. However, company owner and chief design engineer Dale Bell has suffered from very poor health over the last several years. Doctors have advised him to avoid stress as much as possible. So Dale has made the difficult decision to close the company that he has put his whole heart into building. He is looking forward to just relaxing and enjoying retirement with his dog, Billy.
Dale’s daughter, Valerie Aaron (Vice President of the company) stated “This decision has not come easily – it is truly the end of an era for our family and for the team that has become part of our family. We thank everyone who has been a part the brand – we appreciate you and will miss you all.”
YoYoJam will be liquidating inventory for the remainder of the month. The official last day of business will be December 30, 2015.
YoYoJam has had years of innovations and impacts to the yo-yo world, including the o-ring response system, edge placed weight rings, and a myriad of extremely well received professional models. YoYoJam also hosted a large players team with whom have won multiple World and National titles. Over the last 15 years, YoYoJam has released over 120 yo-yo models with several notable and favored spin tops.
I will miss YoYoJam. They have always had a special place in my collection and their team members displayed and represented the very best the community had to offer. My first “new age” yo-yo when I came back to active play was the Hitman. I still have the parts somewhere.
I wish Dale and Val the best in their future, any hope that this closure gives them the relaxation their family needs.
- – Chris “Dr. Yo-Yo” Allen