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Wilson Football Factory

Ada, OH, USA
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Rebecca N wrote a review Jan 2020
Ada, Ohio17 contributions1 helpful vote
Wilson Football Factory adds alot of community pride. A good place to work. A place to tour. Especially great for a group. Tours have to be set up ahead of time. Ada even holds a festival in their honor in August every year. Something to be said for Made in the USA.
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Date of experience: August 2019
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talkmobeal wrote a review Dec 2019
Cleveland, Ohio5 contributions2 helpful votes
The staff were friendly and accomadating. They repared my footballs in 20 minutes. Thanks Tina. There is no store connected to the plant. I did not tour the plant
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Date of experience: November 2019
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bmorris1929 wrote a review Mar 2019
South Jordan, Utah781 contributions454 helpful votes
When you are in a small town and you are one of the only attractions, you need to have something for the general public available all the time. I can understand that you don't have tours available all day long. However, to not even have any kind of gift shop is inexcusable. People want to pay you money. They will buy your stuff. We love the NFL and college football. We want to say we have been to one of the Meccas of football. A selfie doesn't cut it. Someone with some business sense there figure out how to sell some merchandise at the front desk and make some money and satisfy the customers. It will be a lifelong highlight to have a picture of the water tower since you can't sell me anything 😱😱😱.
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Date of experience: March 2019
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Doug B wrote a review Aug 2018
Brookville, Ohio125 contributions62 helpful votes
You do need a reservation for this tour but if you want to be proud of American workers and their skill and work effort this is a must see. The factory, which is mostly hand work, produces 3000 leather Wilson footballs a day for all of the pro teams (400 each per year), all colleges and many high schools. The CFL also gets footballs here. The tour costs $5, lasts about 75 minutes and goes thru all stages of production. At the end there are 3 large bins of footballs you may select and purchase from...small dark Chinese made balls for $5, real Wilson footballs that are seconds for $20, and perfect production overrun balls for $50. Cash please... they also have a “garage sale” this year on Sept 29th from 8-12... See their website
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Date of experience: August 2018
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yerfsdad wrote a review Aug 2018
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If you enjoy football, or even if you don't, this tour is really fascinating. It almost made me tired watching everyone work so hard, so if nothing else I was glad just to be on vacation. It was really interesting to see how they put together the footballs that we see on TV every fall weekend - it's not nearly as easy as one might think. And it is amazing that so many quality footballs can be produced in such a small shop. I would be curious to know how just how many professional and college football players and coaches have been to this shop to see how the footballs are made that they have built their careers around. They ought to be required to come at least once! Same for football fans ...
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Date of experience: July 2018
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