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By Martin C. Evans | September 12, 1991
Fila USA, the fast-growing Italian athletic footwear manufacturer, plans to move its U.S. distribution center from suburban New York City to the Fort Holabird Industrial Park in Southeast Baltimore.The distribution center, to be housed in a 100,000-square-foot warehouse, will receive footwear made in Italy, Korea, Taiwan, Thailand and the People's Republic of China, and ship it to retail stores nationwide.Fila plans to open the distribution center in April, according to Elaine A. Baker, the company's regional director of sales.
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By Cody Goodwin, The Baltimore Sun | July 13, 2014
The newest addition to Hunter Ritter's trophy stand is shaped like a stop sign, made of wood and has a gold medal placed in the middle of it. The John Carroll senior earned the wrestling hardware in May after winning the FILA Cadet Freestyle National Championships in Akron, Ohio. Ritter went 5-0 at 85 kilograms - roughly 187 pounds - en route to the title. While the first-place finish was the culmination of long hours in the practice room, it was merely the beginning of an opportunistic and eventful couple of months - Ritter is set to compete in the FILA Cadet World Championships, which runs from July 15-20 in Slovakia.
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NEWS
By Michael James and Michael James,Sun Staff Writer | May 4, 1994
Susan M. Fila, the Baltimore lawyer charged with plotting to kill her law firm partner, has been placed in protective custody at the Baltimore City Detention Center as a result of a newspaper article identifying her as a drug informant, a corrections official said.Ms. Fila -- who last week was assaulted at the jail in a fight over a pack of cigarettes -- was moved into a higher-security area of the jail yesterday morning, said LaMont Flanagan, the commissioner the Baltimore City Detention Center.
SPORTS
Sports Digest | June 30, 2014
Men's lacrosse ESPN2, ESPNU and ESPN3 will carry more than 40 games of the Federation of International Lacrosse World Championship from Dick's Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, Colo., beginning July 10. Team USA, playing a minimum of five games on ESPNU, will be one of 37 nations in the event. The semifinals and championship game will be televised on ESPNU on July 17 and July 19, respectively. The United States opens against Canada in pool play at 9 p.m. July 10 on ESPN2. The game is a rematch of the 2010 championship game, which Team USA won, 12-10.
BUSINESS
By BLOOMBERG NEWS | June 17, 1997
BIELLA, Italy -- Fila Holding SpA's American depositary receipts yesterday fell 12 percent after last week's announcement by the maker of athletic clothes and shoes that lower-than-expected sales and other problems will cause second-quarter earnings to miss estimates.The Italian company on Friday forecast earnings of 53 cents to 60 cents per ADR, less than the average estimate of 85 cents from five analysts surveyed by IBES International Inc. In the year-earlier quarter, it earned 98 cents per ADR.Fila, which has its U.S. headquarters and distribution facility in Sparks, blamed declining sales and order cancellations in the United States, as well as some unexpected problems with its warehouse software system, which hurt deliveries.
NEWS
By Jay Apperson and Jay Apperson,Sun Staff Writer | December 20, 1994
Disbarred Baltimore lawyer Susan Fila was sentenced today to 20 years in prison for her botched plan to hide her drug-driven embezzlement by killing her law partner in a staged carjacking.Before sentencing Fila, 42, Baltimore Circuit Judge Roger W. Brown said, "I have before me an individual who had a drug habit, but in addition to that habit she did in fact design and carry out a scheme to kill somebody. Not just anybody but a close friend and partner."Fila showed no reaction as the sentence as announced.
BUSINESS
January 11, 1996
Fila USA yesterday moved to bolster its line of golfing apparel by announcing that it has signed PGA Tour pro Lee Janzen to a three-year endorsement deal.The Hunt Valley-based unit of the Italian sportswear company has been among Maryland's fastest-growing businesses since it took over U.S. distribution from a licensee in 1991. But its golf business has been tiny compared with its sales of basketball gear."Our golf business is so small right now I don't even want to venture a guess as to what it is," said John Hoover, Fila's director of golf apparel.
BUSINESS
September 20, 1995
Shares of Fila Holding SpA, which has its U.S. headquarters in Hunt Valley, shot up another 5 percent yesterday to a new 52-week high, in an apparent "sympathy" move after an unusually strong earnings report by industry leader Nike Inc.Fila stock rose $1.875, to $38, on New York Stock Exchange volume of 44,700 shares. The shares have climbed from $14.75 as recently as last October, boosted by a 77 percent earnings gain in the second quarter of this year.Fila is an Italian maker of athletic shoes and clothing that has its U.S. headquarters in Hunt Valley.
BUSINESS
BY A SUN STAFF WRITER | August 2, 1996
Fila Holding SpA yesterday reported that second-quarter earnings increased 127 percent as its sneaker and clothing lines continue to have strong appeal with consumers.The results were announced after U.S. markets closed, but investors had already driven up the company's stock -- up $10.625 to close at $91.25.The company said net income in the quarter ended June 30 was $25.9 million, compared with $11.4 million in the same period a year ago. Revenue rose 58.8 percent, to $322 million from $202 in the comparable quarter last year.
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By BLOOMBERG NEWS | August 1, 1997
BIELLA, Italy -- Fila Holding SpA's second-quarter earnings fell 42 percent, largely because of poor U.S. demand for its basketball shoes, the company said yesterday.Net income fell to $15 million, or 56 cents per American depositary receipt, from $25.9 million, or 98 cents, a year earlier. The average estimate was for 53 cents per ADR, based on six analysts surveyed by IBES International Inc.Revenue rose 8.85 percent to $350.5 million from $322 million.Fila, which has its U.S headquarters in Sparks, warned last month that earnings would drop because of slowing sales and order cancellations in the U.S. The Fila brand has lost its appeal in the U.S. basketball market, a key product category for the company.
TRAVEL
By Richard Gorelick and The Baltimore Sun | June 5, 2012
Ocean City's first Chick-fil-A doesn't open until Thursday at 6 a.m., but don't be surprised if you see folks start lining up late Tuesday night at 12901 Ocean Gateway Highway. Sure, the chicken is good, but Chick-fil-A is giving a year's supply of it to the first 100 adults in line on grand opening morning.  Chick-fil-A held its first "First 100 Celebration" in Arizona in 2003, and has since given away more than $16 million in free food at 600 grand openings. Customers camp out with couches, TVs, computers and other gear.
HEALTH
Andrea K. Walker | January 9, 2012
Chik-fil-A is joining McDonalds and other restaurants in offering a healthier kids meals by cutting the calories in the meals by more than half Today the fast food chain began offering grilled-chicken nuggets instead of the typical fried. Applesauce in a a squeeze tube will also be offered as an alternative to waffle fries. Fruit has been an option in kids meals since 2004. Lastly, Chik-fil-A will also promote healthier drinks with its kids meals: one percent milk, 100 percent apple juice, freshly squeezed lemonade and water.
BUSINESS
By Andrea K. Walker and Andrea K. Walker,Sun reporter | May 22, 2007
Once it was the brand of athletes. Then it was the brand of the hip-hop generation. Later, it was positioned to the elite shopper willing to pay a premium for a trendy sneaker. Each strategy shift seemed to leave Fila, with U.S. offices in Sparks, in the same place - struggling to gain market share and create a clear identity in a highly competitive $66 billion market. Now under new ownership, the sports apparel company founded near the Italian Alps nearly 100 years ago is hoping to regain its stature by going back to what it once did best.
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By LAURA CADIZ and LAURA CADIZ,SUN REPORTER | June 2, 2006
The Bonheur Memorial Park in Elkridge looks again, like a peaceful pet cemetery, with a neatly manicured lawn and fake flowers gracing some of the graves. Gone is the sea of 2-foot-tall grass. Sunken gravestones have been raised and detailed. Dead tree branches have been cleared away. The cosmetic changes at the pet cemetery -- whose owner has said it is closed -- are because of volunteers who have taken it on themselves to ensure that their pets and others have a serene resting place.
BUSINESS
By BLOOMBERG NEWS | December 19, 2003
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - Former Fila USA Chief Executive Officer Jonathan G. Epstein will plead guilty to helping shoe-store chain Just for Feet Inc. overstate earnings by $1.4 million, federal prosecutors said yesterday. Epstein, 48, admits he wrote a letter for Just For Feet auditors saying Fila USA of Sparks, Md. owed the retailer $1.4 million in 1999, U.S. Attorney Alice H. Martin said. The letter helped Just For Feet deceive auditors and file false reports to the Securities and Exchange Commission, Martin said.
SPORTS
By Paul McMullen and Paul McMullen,SUN STAFF | October 19, 2003
Erick Kimaiyo and Elvira Kolpakova again ruled the roads of Baltimore, albeit with considerably more suspense. Kimaiyo repeated as the men's winner in Under Armour's Baltimore Marathon yesterday as the coughing Kenyan waited until the final quarter mile to ditch his protege, Christopher Kipkosgei. Kimaiyo covered the 26.2 miles in 2 hours, 18 minutes and 40.2 seconds, just 3.4 seconds ahead of Kipkosgei. The third annual Baltimore Running Festival also had a familiar feel on the women's side.
NEWS
By Suzanne Loudermilk and Suzanne Loudermilk,SUN STAFF | June 29, 1998
Homer I. Altice might not be a household name, but the Fila footwear he brought to the United States has become a well-known brand worn by top athletes such as Detroit Pistons basketball forward Grant Hill.Mr. Altice began a mom-and-pop operation distributing Fila athletic shoes for the first time in this country from the kitchen of his home near Hunt Valley in 1983. After nearly going bankrupt a year later, his humble company, initially called H. Altice Marketing Inc., blossomed into a multimillion-dollar international venture with its U.S. headquarters in Sparks.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 16, 2003
If a 26.2-mile footrace seems too daunting right now, then try out the Fila 5K. Saturday's 8:30 a.m. event, which kicks off at Paca and Pratt streets (the same starting line as the long race), will have runners winding through historic Baltimore. The top three overall male and female finishers will receive prize money. The race has a $25 entry fee and will be limited to 1,000 participants. Registration is through 9 p.m. tomorrow at the Health and Fitness Expo, located at the Northside Club level of M&T Bank Stadium.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 16, 2003
If a 26.2-mile footrace seems too daunting right now, then try out the Fila 5K. Saturday's 8:30 a.m. event, which kicks off at Paca and Pratt streets (the same starting line as the long race), will have runners winding through historic Baltimore. The top three overall male and female finishers will receive prize money. The race has a $25 entry fee and will be limited to 1,000 participants. Registration is through 9 p.m. tomorrow at the Health and Fitness Expo, located at the Northside Club level of M&T Bank Stadium.
BUSINESS
By Lorraine Mirabella and Lorraine Mirabella,SUN STAFF | July 30, 2003
Looking out over Midtown Manhattan from Fila's New York showroom, Jon Epstein sees opportunity. With smart positioning, Fila, the Italian athletic shoe and sports apparel brand long considered a poor stepchild in a world dominated by Nike and Adidas, can become a must-have for the hip, style-conscious types who fill Bryant Park below, making it one of the five top athletic brands worldwide, Epstein believes. "American ingenuity, American financing, American vision can really aid in turning this company from what was once just an Italian sport brand into a great global sport brand with an Italian heritage," said Epstein, chief executive of Sparks-based Sport Brands International, which acquired Fila from an Italian parent company for $351 million last month.
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