D & R Industries, Inc. began in 1963 as a result of Dennis Ruber’s and Richard Utanoff’s vision (hence the name D & R). With nothing more than a telephone, working out of Richard’s mother’s bedroom in a small apartment in Chicago, Dennis and Richard began an amusement industry parts distribution business.

Through the years, D & R Industries, Inc. went through many changes and expanded into a variety of recreation-oriented businesses, but really found its niche within the billiard industry. After distributing billiard fabrics (along with other billiard supplies) for more than 25 years, it was clear to Dennis Ruber that there was a need for affordable high quality billiard fabrics.

The decision was made to switch from a billiard parts distribution business to become a manufacturer of high quality billiard fabrics. A team consisting of engineers, textile experts and old time billiard people worked together to develop what is now known as the “Championship Line” of billiard fabrics. Manufacturing billiard fabrics since 1990, Championship now sells more billiard fabric than all of its major competitors combined.

The tremendous success of Championship billiard fabrics confirmed the belief that our industry not only wants, but also needs high quality products at affordable prices. With that basic premise in mind, our experts got together to develop a line of high quality, affordable billiard cushions.

Engineers and experts at Championship have been working hard over the last five years to develop the finest billiard cushion rubber in the industry. All their hard work has paid off! Championship, as of 2002, is now a supplier of the most has clearly shown that the accuracy of this product is unmatched. Championship’s cushion rubber can be found on the tables of many of today’s major billiard table manufacturers.

In April of 2011 Championship acquired MBS Group and its brands. DFS Table Covers, Cin-Caro Plastic Parts, and MBS Cushions Rubber. The addition of MBS and their entire staff has put Championship back into the Full Line Distribution Business.

50th anniversaryThe people at Championship have been proud to be a part of the billiard industry for over 50 years. Today, we provide the finest billiard fabrics, table covers, Silver Cup Chalk, cushion rubber, component parts and accessories the industry has ever known.

At Championship, we set the standards

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  • Dennis Ruber

    Dennis Ruber
    Chairman
    Chicago, IL

    Hobbies: NBA Junkie, Base Jumping, Hot Air Ballooning, and Sky Surfing

    Movie: Sophie’s Choice

    TV: NBA Hoops (TV)

    Food: Showgun (Book)

    Family: Married with 3 daughters, and a Happy Zadie

    Favorite Quote: “Live every day as if it were your last”

  • Fred Michael Cohen

    Fred Michael Cohen
    President
    Philadelphia, PA

    Hobbies: Fast Pitch Softball, Coaching Football & Baseball, ATVing, Snowmobiling, and working at the Lake House.

    Embarrassing Moment: Too many to pick just one.  I spent a part of my life in a costume and my job was to embarrass people.

    Movie: Remember the Titans

    TV: Big Bang Theory

    Food: Pizza, Italian

    Color: Championship Green

    Superhero: My Dad

    Champ Cloth: Tour Edition

    Best Gift: A repaired heart valve in 1999

    Boxers or Briefs: Compression Briefs

    Quote: “Son only two things fall out of the sky, Bird crap and idiots, and you are not jumping out of a plane” – My dad.

  • Cecilia Hoh

    Cecilia Hoh
    Vice President
    Taipei, Taiwan

    Hobbies: Travel & Gardening

    Favorite Movie: It’s a Wonderful Life

    Favorite TV Show: The Big Bang Theory, & Bones

    Favorite Food: Italian

    Favorite Color: Blue

    Favorite Championship Cloth: Tour Edition

    Favorite Quote: “Wherever you go, go with your heart.”

  • Mike Serra

    Mike Serra
    Vice President
    Chicago, IL

    Hobbies: Fishing, snowmobiling, and outdoor anything

    Most Embarrassing Moment: Answering this questionnaire

    Movie: Dances with Wolves

    TV: Duck Dynasty

    Food: Italian

    Color: Blue

    Superhero: None

    Champ Cloth: 3030

    Gift: The Parker

    Boxers or Briefs: Neither

    Quote: “It is what it is.”

  • Lynndon Ruber

    Lynndon Ruber
    Vice President
    Northbrook, IL

    Hobbies: Golf and Weightlifting

    Embarrassing Moment: While watching the birds on Good Friday, I drove my golf cart into a tree breaking my ribs.  Airbags would have saved me.

    Movie: Modern Times (Charlie Chaplin)

    TV: The Voice

    Food: Blueberry Pie w/Vanilla Ice Cream

    Color: Bright Orange

    Superhero: Nelson Mandela

    Champ Cloth: Tour Edition

    Best Gift: “Love”.  I get some every day.

    Boxers or Briefs: Briefs

    Quote: Reason is but a drop of water in an ocean of emotion.

  • Seth Novoselsky

    Seth Novoselsky
    Director of Purchasing
    Skokie, IL

    Hobbies: Coaching my kids sports teams, Being a Mascot, exercise, raising chickens, keeping my family happy.

    Embarrassing Moment: On my wedding day, during the vows, I said “till Beth us do part” instead of “death”.  Thankfully, I did not date or know any Beth’s so my wife and everyone in attendance got a good laugh.

    Movie: Cars

    TV: NCIS, Storage Wars, The Soup, Raising Hope, and Big Bang Theory

    Food: Pizza & Pasta

    Color: Navy Blue

    Superhero: The Flash

    Champ Cloth: Invitational Teflon 4066

    Best gift: For Xmas, I got an autographed Walter Payton football (two weeks after he passed away) from my Wife and In-Laws.

    Boxers or Briefs: Actually, Boxer Briefs.

    Quote: “Only one man in a thousand is a leader of men, the other 999 follow women.” – Groucho Marx

     

  • Marcel Sabio

    Marcel Sabio
    Controller
    Albay (Bicol), Philippines

    Hobbies: Working Out, Kickboxing, Zumba, Traveling

    Movie: Forrest Gump and Legends of the Fall

    Food: Anything Filipino

    Color: Sky Blue

    Champ Cloth: Tour Edition

    Boxers or Briefs: Briefs

    Quote: It is hard to fail, but it is worse never to have tried to succeed – Theodore Roosevelt

  • Laurie Serra

    Laurie Serra
    Sales Coordinator
    Niles, IL

    Hobbies: Bowling, travel, minimal fishing

    Embarrassing Moment: Having your 2 yr old child use a swearword in its proper context in front of a room full of people.

    Movie: Singing in the Rain

    TV: Glee, Grim, Bones, and Law & Order

    Food: Any kind of pasta

    Color: Green

    Superhero: Sue Storm the Invisble Woman (Fantastic Four)

    Champ Cloth: Invitational Teflon 4066

    Best Gift: My last car – Mercury Mariner

    Boxer or Briefs: Boxers

    Quote: 100 years from now it won’t matter what my bank account was, what sort of house I lived in, or what kind of car I drove, but the world may be different because I was important in the life of a child.

     

  • Bill Dunne

    Bill Dunne
    Senior Sales Executive
    Villa Park, IL

    Hobbies: Billiards, Motorcycles, RC Nitro

    Most Embarrassing Moment: I tried to back flip in the grass as a 5th grader…FAIL!

    Movie: The Hustler

    TV Show: Any sports

    Food: Lasagna

    Color: Yellow

    Superhero: Skates

    Champ Cloth: Tour Edition

    Best Gift Ever Received: Daughter

    Boxers or Briefs: Boxers

    Quote: If you are afraid you’ll make a mistake, you won’t make anything.

  • Radmilla Reeves

    Radmilla Reeves
    Sales Executive
    Chicago, IL

    Hobbies: Shopping & Gardening

    Movie: Who has time for movies

    TV: Farma & Mala Navesta

    Food: Roasted Pork and Tacos

    Color Cloth: Euro Blue

    Type of Cloth: Tour Edition

    Quote: Wait a half hour after eating before getting in the pool.

    Superhero: Cat Woman

    Best gift: Too many to count

  • Boguslawa Slabniak

    Boguslawa Slabniak
    Data Processing
    Jaslo, Poland

    Hobbies: Crocheting, Reading, Baking

    Favorite Movie: The Thorn Birds

    Favorite TV Show: Iron Chef, Dancing with the Stars, Home Improvement

    Favorite Color: Blue and Plum

    Favorite Championship Cloth: Tour Edition – Euro Blue

    Favorite Quote: Stay true to yourself

     

  • Mikey Serra

    Mikey Serra
    Product Manager
    Park Ridge, IL

    Hobbies: “I collect spores, molds, and fungus”

    Embarrassing Moment: Walking into a glass door while trying to look cool.

    Movie: Chronicles of Riddick

    TV: Futurama

    Food: Spaghettios and Meatballs

    Color: Blue

    Superhero: Boba Fett

    Champ Cloth: Invitational Teflon 4066

    Best gift: Boba Fett Hoody

    Boxers or Briefs: Boxer Briefs

    Quote: “I see now that the circumstances of one’s birth are irrelevant.  It’s what you do with the gifts of life that determines who you are.” – Mewtwo

  • Pilipino Cabael

    Pilipino Cabael
    Warehouse Manager
    Philippines

    Hobbies: Basketball

    Movie: First Blood

    TV: Jay Leno

    Food: Anything Filipino

    Color: White

    Superhero: My Parents

    Champ Cloth: All of it

    Boxers or Briefs: Briefs

  • Richard Simon

    Richard Simon
    Senior Consultant
    Locust Valley, NY

    Movie: Dr Zhivago and A Bronx Tale

    TV: Yankee games

    Food: Asian

    Color: Blue

    Superhero: Mickey Mantle

    Champ Cloth: Tour Edition

    Best Gift: 1st born child

    Boxers or Briefs: Briefs

    Quote: Nobody goes there anymore, it’s too crowded – Yogi Berra


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Santiago Mill
The mill that produces Championship billiard fabrics is located in Santiago, Mexico, a small city located outside of Mexico City. Built in 1888, the Santiago mill is now owned and run by Martin Urrutia. Martin is the 4th generation of his family to own and run the 540,000 square foot facility where some of the finest textile products in the world are produced.

Originally a flour mill and then a maker of burlap bags, the Santiago mill is now the premier manufacturer of billiard fabrics in North America and a leading supplier of fabrics to the men’s apparel industry.

Part of what makes Santiago superior to any other mill producing billiard fabrics today is its state of the art machinery. Santiago is the only mill to use an active shearing machine and a vacuum decating machine in the finishing of its billiard fabrics.

The active shearing process uses laser beams to shave the fabric on the top and bottom giving Championship fabrics the smoothest playing surface available today. In addition to creating an ultra smooth finish, active shearing practically eliminates the annoying and undesirable pilling that is commonplace in the billiard fabrics of Championship’s competitors.

The vacuum decating machine is the final piece to Championship’s finishing process. While being steamed, a 2,000-pound cylinder presses the fabric. The result of this process is the hardest playing surface of any billiard fabric made today. Because of this hardness, Championship billiard fabrics play faster than the fabrics of their competitors. More importantly, Championship’s hard finish makes its fabrics more resistant to punctures. Fewer punctures or divots in the fabric result in less ball deflection and overall truer playability throughout the life of the fabric. Longer lasting fabric is also a byproduct of these special finishing processes.

The management and workers at Santiago take great pride in the high quality of the fabrics they produce. The greatest care and quality control measures are incorporated to assure the greatest possible consistency in color and quality at all times.

Championship’s exclusive billiard fabric formula, along with Santiago’s pride in craftsmanship and use of state of the art machinery are all combined to produce the best billiard fabrics in the world.

stock dyed santiago logo
Stock dyed wool in the raw state before it is made into yarn.
yarn dyed Yarn Dyed wool is one of three ways we dye our raw material.
cloth checked The cloth is constantly checked for flaws and when found, are marked for mending.
vacuum decating Vacuum Decating
is performed in the finishing process to assure a good, hard surface to play on.