Tower Hobbies is Champaign, Illinois based company that sells hobby products online. Started in 1971 by Bruce Holecek with an $800 investment, Tower Hobbies has become one of the largest hobby product suppliers on the internet. During the first few years of business, Tower only employed three people including Bruce, his brother Mark and his newly wedded wife Jeri. At the time they sold mostly wooden model airplane kits and building supplies. In the mid 70’s Mark left the business and Bruce began bringing on other employees to meet the demands of the growing business. In 1984 Clint Atkins, a local Champaign businessman joined Tower Hobbies in an ownership capacity. In 1985, Tower Hobbies and Great Planes Model Distributors merged to become Hobbico. Hobbico now distributes over 150 product brands including 30 proprietary brands such as Axial Racing, Arrma, and Team Durango. In November 2005 the company became a 100% employee owned ESOP (Employee Stock Ownership Plan).