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Tuesday, April 08, 2008

Louisville Slugger closes CA factory, outsources aluminum and composite bats to China

Hillerich & Bradsby, the company behind the Louisville Slugger brand of baseball bat, is shutting down its manufacturing facility in Ontario and moving the operations to China, according to a report in the Courier-Journal of Louisville, Ky.

The Ontario, Calif. plant, which made aluminum and composite bats, has 42 employees, according to the report. With the move, the only manufacturing facility the company will keep in America is the wood-bat facility in Louisville.

When you go to future amateur baseball games, whether they be college or little league, the ping will have been Made in China.

Gamingboy Posted: April 08, 2008 at 12:23 AM | 7 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Jim Wisinski Posted: April 08, 2008 at 01:02 AM (#2734405)
Do lead bats make the same ping sound?
   2. Astro Logical Sign Stealer Posted: April 08, 2008 at 01:10 AM (#2734411)
I know the sound they make, but it probably violates the terms of service to say it....
   3. Gambling Rent Czar Posted: April 08, 2008 at 02:55 AM (#2734496)
what an arm pit.

they must have given them some real great tax benefits to move into Ontario in the first place
   4. Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Griffin (Vlad) Posted: April 08, 2008 at 01:41 PM (#2734667)
Kids should be hitting with wood, anyway.
   5. Styles P. Deadball Posted: April 08, 2008 at 01:52 PM (#2734676)
Dammit, when I was a kid, we hit with aluminum. What makes these kids think they can just go and piss away decades of tradition by hitting with wood? They'll never know the joy of the "ping". Instead, it'll be a dull "crack" and the game will have lost something it might never get back.

Err... something like that.
   6. kubiwan Posted: April 08, 2008 at 04:21 PM (#2734787)
This is our game, dammit!

I dont know about that, but it definitely is our country.

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