COTTAGE GROVE, WI -- Matrix Fitness Systems’ U.S. sales increased by 146 percent over the corresponding 2006 period for the first quarter. Globally, sales grew 85 percent over the same time frame last year.

“Much of our domestic growth can be attributed to the expansion efforts of our U.S. commercial sales team and the hiring of key personnel to support our customers,” says Chris Clawson, president of Matrix. “And our 85 percent global growth shows that our commercial sales and operations teams throughout Asia, Europe and North America continue to gain momentum.”

Some of the company’s growth is due to Matrix’s three-year warranty coverage on parts and labor, its customer service and new products, Clawson says.