The Wilson Sporting Goods factory in Ada, Ohio, has been sending handmade footballs to the Super Bowl since its inception in 1955. This year, even though the Cincinnati Bengals or Cleveland Browns won’t be playing, there will still be a piece of Ohio on the field. The factory is particularly proud of this accomplishment, as it means that every point scored in an NFL game has been made with a ball from their little factory.
The project manager at Wilson, Mike Springer, expressed the significance of this moment. He said that it was a great honor for the factory and the entire village of Ada to have their products showcased on such a grand stage. Springer added that he hoped that people watching the game would appreciate the hard work and dedication that goes into making each and every ball by hand.
Caroline Milligan, a long-time employee at the factory who has been working there for 45 years, shared her excitement about being part of this special project. She said that she enjoyed contributing to the production process and working alongside her coworkers. Milligan added that she was looking forward to watching the commercials during the Super Bowl and seeing how her work had impacted so many people’s lives.
Springer emphasized that this time of year was particularly meaningful not just for Wilson Football but also for the entire community of Ada. He hoped that viewers would take a moment to appreciate the local roots behind these world-class footballs and support small businesses like Wilson Sporting Goods.