Industry Press Release



Grand Rapids, MI (April 17, 2008) — Grabber Performance Group is pleased to announce the acquisition of MPI Outdoors ( MPI Outdoors manufactures and distributes a wide range of unique personal safety, comfort and protection products for use by avid or casual outdoor enthusiasts. Most notably, MPI Outdoors is the manufacturer of the Original SPACE Brand BLANKETS, which have been a mainstay product in the outdoor market since 1964.

The principals of MPI Outdoors, Ron Caterino and Patrick McHugh, were seeking a company that had a similar dedication to quality, service and a commitment to the industries in which MPI Outdoors operates. Pat McHugh, MPI Outdoors’ V.P. of Sales, comments, “After 44 years in the industry, we were looking for a company where MPI’s legacy and its future would be in good hands and we found it in Grabber.”

Gary C. Gerds, Grabber Performance Group General Manager, added, “There is strong synergy between our two companies and we are excited by the opportunity to serve MPI Outdoors loyal customers, many of whom are also Grabber Warmers customers. We look forward to being able to work with Ron Caterino and Pat McHugh to make the transition seamless and pledge to continue to offer the quality and service that have become their hallmark.”

About Grabber Grabber is a widely recognized and highly respected master distributor of quality products, including air-activated warmers and outdoor skin safety products from Tec Labs and Mitigator. Grabber supplies multiple channels including sporting goods, mass merchandise, grocery, safety and shipping and is a proud sponsor of Leave No Trace, the National Ski Patrol, and Professional Ski Instructors of America. For more information call 800-423-1233 or visit