How the business of making golf balls saved four small American towns @mfgday #MFGDay19

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Did you know the big names in golfball manufacturing still come from the U.S.? With Titleist and Calloway out of Massachusetts, Bridgestone in Georgia, and TailorMade in South Carolina, These companies are all showing the benefits of American manufacturing.

Golf world has a great article about the impact these manufacturers can have on the people and communities they operate in:

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Each of these operations mixes the highly technical elements of modern golf-ball manufacturing with workers whose multigenerational legacies often stretch back to the Great Depression. It’s these sophisticated manufacturing enterprises that have become the pride—and in some cases, the engine—behind these small towns, and in turn these small towns continue to propel the biggest ball companies, making a combined half-a-billion balls a year.

When you ask officials at these companies or in these towns why the world’s golf balls are still made here, the answer is consistent. As proud as they are of their technological processes at plants that operate multiple shifts a day, seven days a week, they’re prouder still of a simpler asset. Like Chicopee mayor Richard Kos says: “Natural resources have made the United States a great country, but the resource that’s special now, the resource that’s special here, is the human resource.”

This is not a story about golf balls. This is a story about people.

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