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Phoenix Tennis Ball Plant Returning to the Ashes

Head, the Amsterdam sports-equipment producer that creates the Penn ball brand, said it would close its tennis-ball plant in Phoenix on March 5. In January 2007, Head began producing tennis balls in China and since then has increased output there. It's now closing the U.S. plant and will produce all its tennis balls from China. A statement from the company on Wednesday didn't specify how many employees are affected by the move or how much the closing would cost.

I'm actually shocked to find out that tennis balls were ever made here in the U.S. At 2 dollars a can, that means we pay about 66 cents a ball - those are China prices.

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Tags: arizona, ball, china, chinese, closing, factory, head, penn, tennis, wilson

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Comment by Dean Wright on March 4, 2009 at 8:19pm
I like Jazz Burks comment, think we could look into it. Pretty soon China will be making tennis racquets too, I think I"ll just boycott penn to show them I don"t appreciate them ditching american workers, anyone want to join me, I"m sure the mayor would lead this movement.
Comment by Jazz Burks on January 8, 2009 at 11:50pm
Oh wow now they can't put "The only ball made in the USA" on the cans any more! Hey it could be a side-venture for tennisopolis. We could pitch in to buy the factory and sell "Freedom Balls"! We could alaways change the s to a z to make it more popular with the kids!

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