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What to Look for in a Sporting Goods Contract Manufacturer

Are you looking for a trusted partner to manufacture your athletic gear?

Choosing the right sporting goods contract manufacturer is crucial for the success of your products, from appearance to safety. With so many options available, knowing what to look for is important to guarantee you’re making the best choice for your business.

In this post, we’re breaking down the key factors to consider when selecting a contract manufacturer for your athletic gear needs.

1. Expertise in Sporting Goods Manufacturing

When it comes to athletic gear manufacturing, expertise plays a pivotal role in ensuring the quality and functionality of your end product. No two industries have the same needs, which is why it’s essential that your partner has specialized knowledge and skills.

At Janco, we boast over 60 years of experience manufacturing for the sporting goods industry. Our commitment to excellence permeates every aspect of our manufacturing process, from state-of-the-art equipment to cutting-edge techniques, including compression molding, thermoforming, laminating, and die-cutting.

What truly sets us apart is our dedication to customization. Rather than offering one-size-fits-all solutions, we collaborate closely with our clients to provide tailored design inputs and customization options. Whether it’s incorporating logos and graphics through heat-stamping or advising on material selection for optimal performance, we prioritize meeting the unique needs of each project, so you have a guide to bring your distinct vision to life.

2. A Diverse Range of Athletic Gear

Versatility is key to meeting the diverse needs of athletes and sports enthusiasts. At Janco, our comprehensive range of athletic gear sets us apart as a leading contract manufacturer in the industry. We offer a range of custom products designed to meet your unique needs, including:

  • Helmet liners
  • Insoles
  • Shoulder pads
  • Protective eyewear
  • Shin guards
  • Wrist protectors

Our commitment to diversity extends beyond product offerings to encompass our customization options. We know that every brand has a distinct identity and requirements, which is why our team of experts collaborates closely with you to tailor our solutions to your needs. Whether incorporating custom logos and graphics or advising on material selection for optimal comfort and performance, we prioritize delivering personalized solutions that resonate with each brand’s vision.

3. Experience in Sporting Goods Contract Manufacturing

One of the key advantages of partnering with Janco is our deep understanding of the nuances of contract manufacturing. We recognize that each project comes with unique challenges and requirements, and our wealth of experience enables us to navigate these intricacies effectively, helping you add value to your product at every part of the manufacturing process.

Over the years, we’ve honed our expertise and refined our processes to deliver consistently high-quality products. From understanding client needs to managing production timelines and ensuring quality control, our goal is always to continuously exceed your expectations.

Thanks to our experience, you can have peace of mind knowing that we’re helping to optimize your products through material selection and usage, executing intricate designs and customizations, and tackling complex challenges with innovative tools and solutions.

4. Customization Options for Sporting Goods Manufacturing

Speaking of customization – if you want your products to stand out in a saturated market, customization is key. At Janco, every sporting goods manufacturing project we take on is a custom job, so you can provide as much input as possible throughout the process.

“For over six decades, we’ve helped clients in the sporting goods industry stand out by bringing their unique visions to life. We help add value at every stage, but our goal is always to understand their unique needs and ideas and find innovative ways to manufacture the perfect solution.” – Tim M

Our approach to customization goes beyond surface-level adjustments. We collaborate closely with our clients to understand your brand identity, consumer needs, and specific product requirements. Whether incorporating custom logos, names, and graphics onto athletic gear or designing unique packaging solutions, we prioritize delivering personalized touches that resonate with your vision.

Customization is not just about aesthetics – but also about enhancing functionality, safety, and performance. Therefore, we leverage our expertise in materials and design to offer innovative customization options that will add value to the overall quality of your athletic gear.

We work with a wide range of the most sought-after foams and plastics for sports gear, including:


  • Closed-cell polyethylene foam
  • Open-cell polyurethane foam
  • Non-cross-linked foam / TPO Foams (thermoplastic olefins)


  • PET
  • PETG
  • PETE (Polyethylene terephthalate)
  • HIPS (High impact polystyrene)
  • TPU (Thermoplastic polyurethanes)
  • Acrylic
  • PVC (polyvinyl chloride)
  • Kydex®, a trademarked acrylic/PVC alloy
  • ABS (acrylonitrile butadiene styrene)
  • PC (polycarbonate)
  • PP (polypropylene)
  • PS (polystyrene)
  • HDPE (high-density polyethylene)

5. Advanced Manufacturing Techniques

In the constantly evolving landscape of athletic gear manufacturing, leveraging advanced manufacturing techniques is essential to staying ahead of the curve and delivering top-notch products.

Our state-of-the-art facilities are equipped with the latest technology, allowing us to employ advanced techniques such as:

  • Compression Molding
  • Thermoforming
  • Die-cutting
  • Heat-Stamping
  • Laminating

Depending on the needs of your application, we can also use our 3-axis routers, allowing our engineers to router plastic products rather than die-cutting them. This often offers faster and cleaner results.

Our focus on innovation and continuous improvement ensures that your athletic gear is manufactured using the latest technologies, resulting in products that stand out in terms of quality, performance, and durability.

Choose a Sporting Goods Manufacturer That You Trust

Selecting the right contract manufacturer for your athletic gear is crucial for ensuring quality, customization, and innovation. Janco will give you peace of mind that your products are being crafted with precision and care, thanks to our experience, diverse range of product capabilities, dedication to customization, and use of advanced manufacturing techniques.

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