Rawlings considering second baseball plant after ownership changes

St. Louis-based Rawlings is considering building a second plant to produce official baseballs for Major League Baseball, citing concerns from its new owners that an unforeseen event could disable the only functioning plant in Costa Rica.

The sports brand was bought in a $395 million deal back in June by Major League Baseball and Seidler Equity Partners, a private investment firm co-founded by San Diego Padres partner Peter Seidler.

Ownership has yet to disclose where the second plant might be built.

Under the June deal, Seidler’s firm retains primary ownership of Rawlings, with MLB holding 25 percent of the company. Rawlings’ contract with MLB as its official baseball and helmet supplier lasts until 2021.

Official MLB baseballs have been produced in Costa Rica since 1987. The league hopes to work closely with Rawlings to make new innovations and conduct research related to the aerodynamics of the baseball to further advance the sport.

Read more: St. Louis Business Journal


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