Pinball Inc. And Illinois Pinball Restructure Parts Alliance

Posted On: 7/10/2009

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BLOOMINGTON, IL -- Pinball Inc. has taken full possession of what's regarded as the world's largest pinball parts inventory, which it purchased from Illinois Pinball Inc. earlier this year. Included in the deal were parts originally manufactured under the Williams, Capcom, Bally and Alvin G. brands, as well as tooling for more than 1,000 parts for Williams pins, according to Pinball Inc. chief executive James Loflin.

Pinball Inc., currently the only manufacturer of plastic replacement ramps for Bally/Williams machines, has also temporarily moved its business to IPB's former location. IPB's Gene Cunningham remains active in the industry, said Loflin, but has moved to a new location. IPB is now focused on creating core products such as cabinet art, playfields, plastic sets, backglasses and translights.

The two companies said they would continue to cooperate to supply hobbyists, collectors and the coin-op machine trade with original and newly manufactured pinball parts.

Loflin said Pinball Inc. plans to sell off the existing inventory and then concentrate on making new parts. To facilitate this plan, the company has reached a separate agreement to purchase the majority of parts of Pinball Spare Parts, an Australian company owned by Mark Culvert.

Pinball Inc. will help Pinball Spare Parts sell parts to the U.S. market through the Marco Specialties distributorship during July, August and September. This fall, any remaining parts will be shipped to Australia for distribution.

"The pinball community has overwhelmingly been supportive in this project," Loflin said. "We are thrilled with the amount of positive emails and calls we've received."

Loflin founded Pinball Inc. in 1989 as a pinball service, retail and refurbishment company. In 2006, Pinball Inc. and IPB joined forces to manufacture ramps for Williams pinball machines using the original Williams tooling. It will now expand its manufacturing to include injection-molded parts, rubber-molded parts and metal-die parts, along with many others utilizing the original tooling and drawings.

IPB purchased its treasure trove of Williams, Capcom and Alvin G. assets almost 10 years ago. It also produced a one-time manufacturing run of an original pinball game called Big Bang Bar in 2007.