Wilson Factory Tour
The Football in American Culture class (History 462) visited the Wilson Football Factory in Ada Tuesday, November 12. The students saw how the footballs are made and informed that all of the NFL's balls, as well as 50% of Division I and 70-80% of Division III balls are made here in Ada. The Wilson factory, which turns out between four and five thousand footballs a day, Monday through Friday, during their peak season, which lasts between January and September, opened in 1938, as a way of using hides that were a byproduct of the parent company's meat packing efforts. The company was named after an employee of the original company who oversaw the construction of the sporting equipment division. The students were very interested in the process and this was a nice closing activity for the class.