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Philadelphia-Born Skee-Ball to Be Rolling Out of Bucks County

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    Skee-Ball Incorporated has sold its New Britain Township production line to a rival company in Wisconsin. Skee-Ball was invented in Philadelphia in 1909. (Published Friday, Feb. 26, 2016)

    The Bucks County manufacturer of Skee-Ball has been sold to a Wisconsin rival in the amusements industry.

    Owner Joseph Sladek told The Philadelphia Inquirer that he sold the Skee-Ball enterprise to Pulaski, Wisconsin-based Bay Tek Games Inc. The deal was signed Tuesday and the price wasn't disclosed.

    Sladek bought Skee-Ball Inc. in 1985 and called the sale a "bittersweet goodbye." Skee-Ball manufactures its games in New Britain Township. But it will move to Wisconsin after a three-month transition.

    Bay Tek CEO Gaetan Philippon says the companies have a friendly history and they knew "one day one was going to buy the other."

    Skee-Ball President Jeff Hudson says about 25 to 30 people work for the company in Bucks County.

    The company says Skee-Ball was invented in Philadelphia in 1909 by J.D. Estes.