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Hobbico Files For Bankruptcy - Layoffs Coming
The largest player in the hobby industry, Hobbico, filed for bankruptcy January 10, 2018. If you don't know the name you might
be asking yourself about now, why is that important? Well, in a nut shell, Hobbico owns many smaller hobby companies, one
of which is Estes Industries, the main supplier of low and midpower rocket engines, as well as kits and parts. So if you enjoy
hobby rocketry that's why it's important.
A representative of Hobbico has stated that over the last few years as the company has grown it has acquired more debt
than it can support and attempts to restructure have been unsuccessful. Basically they have assets of approximately $50 million
with liabilities of near $500 million. Ouch!
Hobbico said that it will continue operating throughout the bankruptcy process but layoffs could begin in April, 2018
and that it may be necessary to permanently close and discontinue all of its operations in connection with the bankruptcy.
It is unclear at the moment to what degree Estes is involved with the bankruptcy. Generally, Estes is believed to be in
good shape and could / should survive whatever happens to Hobbico. Hopefully, when all is said and done Estes will emerge
in a form similar to what we have always known and loved but that is far from certain.
Say a prayer and keep a good thought, Estes could use it about now and so could hobby rocketry.
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