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Headquarters: Ada, Ohio
The 5,847 people of Ada, Ohio, might fill just one section of a professional football stadium, but the impact of this small town on the sport of football cannot be overstated. Since 1955 Wilson has made every football used in professional competition, including Super Bowls, at its Ada factory. Wilson says on its websitethat it opened the factory "to ensure that Wilson footballs would not only be American-made, but the highest-quality footballs ever produced."
Today the small town, located 80 miles from Columbus, Ohio, produces 4,000 footballs a day and 700,000 a year. It remains the only dedicated football factory in the world, employing 120 full-time employees averaging 23 years of work experience.
Had a friend who broke into that factory in the 70s on a dare and really drunk.
Also have a fond memory with a lady in that parking lot
That's a great story and I appreciate you reminding me. I hope it never changes.
It definitely wasn't a lady
Wilson footballs, not only made in USA, but made in OHIO!!
You see that sign that says 'Rib Tips'??
I'm from Lima and probably every 2 or 3 years or so during elementary and middle school we would go on a field trip to the factory. Very impressive how the employees love their jobs. They would even give us the "defective" balls (stitching loose, etc). Not an impressive facility or equipment. Almost looks like a neighbors garage on the inside but impressive in so many other ways!
I'm from the Findlay area. Growin up we played Ada in soccer all the time. Never been to the factory though.
They have a 'garage sale" the third Saturday of September every year. All kinds of deals, balls, golf stuff, tennis, everything. I have gone the last 5 years to get balls for a kids Christmas party my lodge has.
If you coach youth football and plan on a passing attack, you can't beat the Wilson ultra. Best combination of form factor so the QB can grip it and surface to help the receivers catch it.
She had the parts, IIRC
Me thinks the only time Ada has over 5,000 population is when Ohio Northern University is in session. LOL!
Graduated from ONU!
Go Polar Bears.
Tom Hanks loves their volleyballs too.
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