Ada, Ohio, doesn't stick out on a map. The town with a population of about 6,000 is a 2½-hour drive from Cleveland and is tucked away in the quiet countryside of the Midwest. But there's some significant work happening in Ada—it's the location of the Wilson factory where NFL footballs are made. Since 1955, every NFL ball has been made at this facility. Today, it employs 120 workers and produces more than 700,000 footballs per year. The Wilson staff gave SI Kids an exclusive look at how the footballs you see any given Sunday are made.
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