Gov Patrick & Friend at Ground Breaking of Nacona in Fall River
The Boston Baseball Head was on hand this morning for the ground breaking of a new wood bat manufacturing site owned by the famed Nacona Comp[any in Fall River. Massachusetts Governor, Deval Patrick came to the breaking with high hopes for the future of this baseball factory and tourist destination. Located right off Route 24 - Nacona will welcome new members to its "Wreaking Crew" of bat owners. One of the huge features of this experience for serious baseball players will be for them to come down order their own bats - pick out the wood and set specifications on cite. They will also have the opportunity to test out the product on an open field batting cage and playing surface to be build in the Industrial Park.
By Associated Press - Tuesday, November 27, 2007
FALL RIVER - The company that makes bats for Red Sox [team stats] slugger David Ortiz [stats] broke ground on a new factory in Fall River yesterday.
Big Papi didn’t make the ceremony, but Gov. Deval Patrick provided the heavy-hitter presence at the site of the new plant.
Nokona “Demolition” bats are made by hand using maple wood.
The company was founded in Nocona, Texas, in 1926.
The plant will be located in the city’s industrial park and employ at least 12 people when it opens in April.
Managing partner Buddy Lewis says he decided to locate a new plant in Massachusetts while vacationing recently with Patrick.
Lewis said he expects the facility - which will have a baseball diamond, a batting cage and a cafe featuring “ballpark” food - to eventually become a tourist attraction.
The Fall River site is part of a Nokona expansion fueled by what the company says is a need for more wooden bat production.