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Bowling Pins Company Brings Jobs

Many Americans are still out of work so it can be disheartening to hear about jobs being shipped over-seas.

A Kentucky company is doing just the opposite.

Tom Foreman reports they are bringing jobs back to the U-S.

There are seven-thousand places you can bowl in America, and they buy almost a quarter million sets of bowling pins each year...so in Hopkinsville, one company is betting big on bringing bowling pin manufacturing back to the states.

It always happens the other way around, but we really felt that with moving the product here we'd have better control over our manufacturing, our quality and really our cost structure.

When Ebonite bought this factory last year, it was in Mexico, employing twenty-seven people; and the labor was cheaper.

But company officials believed they could move all the equipment here, apply the latest time and labor saving techniques, and a dozen American workers could produce just as much.

Yes, we do pay them more than what they were making in Mexico, but our actual dollars of labor per pin is less here in Hopkinsville.

The wood for these bowling pins comes primarily from Pennsylvania and ohio, so the move cut shipping expenses.

And by bringing the factory under closer supervision, they have also improved their ability to make sure each pin is precisely like the next one...that's critical.

You can't have pins that are acting differently in the same bowling center, because that brings an inconsistency in the scoreability of the pins.

Ebonite, which has long been a giant in the manufacture of bowling balls, expects to make 150-thousand American-made pins in the new factory's first year.

And they're aiming for five to six times as many down the line.


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