Clermont Pin Company
What do you do with a distressed bowling pin? Call the Pin Doctor! The Pin Doctor does business on Center Street in Elgin. You'd never guess what goes on inside that brick building on the corner, but step inside and you'll find one of the most interesting business operations in the county. The Clermont Pin Company is one of just a few bowling pin rebuilding plants - and its customer base reaches 49 states, Canada, Japan and Germany! The Clermont Pin Company receives beleaguered bowling pins from all over and the Pin Doctor welcomes each truckload with a quick examination and triage - can the pin be rebuilt or will it be repurposed as a novelty item?
If the pin is in repairable condition, the pin will be completely rebuilt to meet USBC (United States Bowling Congress) standards. Rebuilding starts with shrinking the surlyn resin back tight to the wood and injecting an epoxy underneath to solidify any soft wood and to fill any spaces between the wood and surlyn. Pins are weighed to keep them within the sanctioned weight range, then are sanded, white coated, re-striped, and top coated.
If the pin can't be revived as a standardized pin, the Pin Doctor will repurpose the pin as a novelty item. Novelty pins can be customized as gifts, and come in a wide range of colors, stripes and logos. These are popular for birthday and corporate parties and special bowling games. The Pin Doctor is now offering pin slices or halves for wall hangings and can be engraved onsite.
The Clermont Pin Company was started by Malvin Johnson and Wm Nelson in 1953 in Clermont. The business has stayed in the Nelson family and is now owned by Barry Nelson and managed by Tammy Guyer, brother and sister - great nephew and niece of one of the original partners. The operation moved to Elgin in 2009 and currently has eight employees, four of them full time. Learn more or contact the Pin Doctor for your novelty pins by visiting www.clermontpindoctors.com.