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Wilson Sporting Goods Company, headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, is a world leader in sports
equipment. Its core products include football, basketball, baseball, volleyball, soccer, youth sports,
uniforms/apparel, golf, footwear, and racket sports (like tennis, racquetball, squash, badminton, and
platform tennis). Wilson focuses on making technologically advanced products that help average players
perform better. Wilson has 3,062 employees worldwide, 2,472 employees in the United States and 590
outside the United States. Wilson is now owned by Amer Group, Ltd., based in Clearfield, Utah, and
Fountain Inn, South Carolina.
Wilson started out as a part of Ashland Manufacturing Company, a subsidiary of a meat-packing firm. At
that time, the company was primarily an outlet for meat packing by-products such as violin strings,
surgical sutures, and tennis racket strings. In 1914, Thomas E. Wilson was selected to run the business.
Wilson actively expanded the firm, adding baseball gloves, leather balls, and golf bags. By the end of
World War II, Wilson was the largest sporting goods manufacturer in the United States. It has continued
to grow aggressively since then.
In 1967, Wilson introduced the T-2000, a light steel racket that vaulted Jimmy Conners to the spot of
number 1 tennis player in the world. Wilson also introduced the end of the era for wood rackets because
the steel rackets were more durable and allowed players to hit with more power. The T-2000 broke all
previous sales records for tennis rackets.
In 1987, Wilson developed the Profile racket, creating a new form of racket known as “wide bodies.” By
increasing the area of the face of the racket, the sweet spot grew significantly; this change gave players a
greater chance of getting off a good shot.
In 1990, Wilson introduced the Profile 2.7 Hammer System racket. The unique feature of this product was
a reduction in the weight of the racket’s handle without a change in the weight of the head, providing an
effect like a hammer. Weighing less than 10 ounces, the Hammer has one of the biggest sweet spots of
any racket on the market.
In 1993, Wilson improved the Hammer line by introducing the Sledge Hammer 3.8si performance racket.