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American-Made Footballs in the Super Bowl

At a Small Ohio Factory, Leather and Laces Mesh – New York Times

It’s not a Lean story, per se, but it’s always nice to read about an American factory.

The N.F.L. is the only major sports league whose balls are manufactured in the United States. World Series baseballs come from a factory in Costa Rica. Basketballs in the N.B.A. finals first bounced on the floors of factories in China.

“I think it’s really kind of cool that it’s an American sport and the product is made in America, too,” said Daniel Riegle, the plant manager.

Agreed!

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The factory puts out 4,000 footballs a day (they’re made for customers other than the NFL).

Let’s hope the NFL or Wilson don’t push production to China, as well.

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Mark Graban's passion is creating a better, safer, more cost effective healthcare system for patients and better workplaces for all. Mark is a consultant, author, and speaker in the "Lean healthcare" methodology. He is author of the Shingo Award-winning books Lean Hospitals and Healthcare Kaizen, as well as The Executive Guide to Healthcare Kaizen. His most recent project is an book titled Practicing Lean that benefits the Louise H. Batz Patient Safety Foundation, where Mark is a board member. Mark is also the VP of Improvement & Innovation Services for the technology company KaiNexus.

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