Congressman Jim Jordan Visits Wilson Football Factory
Silver Spring, MD – November 23, 2015 – On Wednesday, November 11th, U.S. Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) toured the Wilson Sporting Goods Company’s football manufacturing factory in Ada, Ohio. Congressman Jordan, accompanied by SFIA’s VP of Government & Public Affairs Bill Sells and the factory’s General Manager Dan Riegel, met with employees and witnessed the production process for all Wilson leather footballs. Wilson established the Wilson Football Factory in 1955 to ensure that Wilson footballs would be American made and the highest quality footballs ever produced.
“The Wilson Football Factory is a true testament of domestic manufacturing, it is incredible to think this facility produces over 4,000 footballs a day and over 700,000 a year,” said Sells. “We were very pleased to be able to connect Congressman Jordan with SFIA member Wilson Sporting Goods Co. and set up the opportunity for the Congressman to see where every Super Bowl game ball has been produced since 1941.”
"We are thrilled Congressman Jordan was able to see American workers creating an iconic sports product. It is critical to the health of our country that Americans get more physically active and football has long been part of our activity culture" commented SFIA’s President & CEO, Tom Cove.
The factory employs 120 people in the state of Ohio and to this day is the world’s only dedicated football factory. In addition to producing the American made footballs for the Super Bowl, Pro Bowl, and the entire NFL, the factory manufactures the official footballs for the NCAA, 28 high school associations, American Youth Football, and countless other leagues.
About Wilson Sporting Goods: Chicago-based Wilson Sporting Goods Co., a subsidiary of Amer Sports, is the world's leading manufacturer of sports equipment, apparel and accessories. As the official football of the NFL®, the College Football Playoff and more high school and youth teams than any other company, Wilson is the undisputed performance leader in football. Through its dedication to creating products that enable athletes at every level to perform at their best, Wilson has earned its place as a leader in sporting goods for over a century.