Destroyed by Fire Last Year, Historic Baseball Glove Factory Stands Strong Again

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Founded in 1926, Nokona Athletic Goods Company , the only US company that continues to manufacture high end baseball gloves on American soil, burned to the ground on July 18th, 2006 after a fire destroyed the 70 year old building. With nothing left standing but the casts to build the baseball gloves and the spirit of its employees, the employees worked hard at putting all the pieces together to continue to manufacture baseball gloves in the US and management did the same by recruiting some of the best players in baseball to rebuild the company.

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Founded in 1926, Nokona Athletic Goods Company, the only US company that continues to manufacture high end baseball gloves on American soil, burned to the ground one year ago after a fire destroyed the 70 year old building. With nothing left standing but the casts to build the baseball gloves and the spirit of its employees, Nokona has rebuilt the factory and is now rebuilding the brand to re-establish the company once again as a major contender in the baseball equipment manufacturing industry.

It did not take long for the company to get back on track - the employees worked hard at putting all the pieces together to continue to manufacture baseball gloves in the US and management did the same by recruiting some of the best players in baseball to rebuild the company. One year later, Nokona has signed David "Big Papi" Ortiz, Vladimir Guerrero and Miguel Cabrera, three of the top hitters in the major leagues today, to endorse the new line of baseball bats, " Nokona Wrecking Crew ", and position the company as a big leaguer. In addition, the Nokona baseball factory is operational 100% and is making more baseball gloves, bats and equipment than it did the previous years.

"Nokona is a big part of the baseball tradition and culture in this country; our employees are ecstatic. We are a small company which has been producing top quality handmade baseball gloves in Nocona, Texas for over 75 years" said Buddy Lewis, Managing Partner. "This year, we introduced a new line of bats which are endorsed by David "Big Papi" Ortiz, Vladimir Guerrero and Miguel Cabrera; and for Vladimir to win the Home Run Derby competition with a Nokona baseball bat is an amazing achievement".

During a ceremony at the new facilities to commemorate the one year anniversary of the company re-birth, employees also celebrated Vladimir Guerrero's Home Run Derby Crown at the Major League Baseball® All Star game events in San Francisco last week. Vladimir Guerrero, who took the Home Run title this year after been absent from the competition for 7 years, was handed a new Nokona baseball bat by slugger David Ortiz after three turns without hitting one out of the park. This baseball bat, which was delivered inside a beautiful mahogany and ash wooden box, is designed by The Nokona Baseball Factory.

"Being a small company does not mean that Nokona can not compete with the large companies. On the contrary, when the factory is in a small town, and the company represents so much to the local industry, employees take pride in producing the best products. In this case, Nokona manufactures the best baseball and softball gloves in the country and now it has proven that it can produce the best bats as well" concluded Mr. Lewis.

The fire destroyed the old Nokona building, but this unfortunate event certainly ignited a new life to an industry leader in quality.

About Nokona Athletic Goods Company
Nocona Leather Goods Company was founded in 1926, later becoming Nocona Athletic Goods Company. The Nokona baseball glove was trademarked in 1934 (spelled with a "k" when the U.S. Patent Office would not allow the name of an incorporated town to be registered). The company has continued the tradition of handmade, American-made baseball gloves to this day, with the addition of a few sewing and die-cutting machines. The Nokona glove is used by countless professional athletes around the world. For more information visit: http://www.nokona.com and http://www.nokonawreckingcrew.com.

For More Information Please Contact:
Buddy Lewis
781-888-0284

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