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.