Wilson is building a manufacturing plant in Ada, OH, just east of its current factory that manufactures NFL footballs. The new plant, which will be up and running by May 2024, will also include a retail outlet and will double its production capacity.
The new Wilson factory will be 80,000 square feet, with room for additional automation and expansion for the hand-assembly of NFL footballs and quality control of its NBA basketballs, reports SGB Media. The plant also means job security for the 156 current employees, plus hiring another 20 to 30 more workers over the next three years.
The company has been manufacturing Wilson NFL leather footballs since 1941. Wilson replaced Spalding as the maker of NBA basketballs in the 2021/22 season.
The new plant will include a retail outlet and is expected to be up and running by May 2024.