Rawlings has been “in the game” since 1887. With an assortment of baseball, basketball, football and many other game-related product lines, Rawlings is present everywhere team sports are played. As the Official Baseball Supplier and Official Helmet of Major League Baseball®, the official baseball for the NCAA®, the Official Uniform Provider of USA Football and Team USA, the official football for the NAIA®, the official basketball for the NAIA, NJCAA® and AAU®, and the approved baseball, basketball, football and softball of the National High School Federation®, Rawlings dominates the industry with innovative new products, enabling serious athletes to reach their full potential and achieve peak performance.
As part of Jarden International since 2007, Rawlings has been able to leverage its parent company´s diverse portfolio of innovative, world-class products including Oster, Coleman, Marmot & Yankee Candle, to gain a global presence.
And yet, the world's only factory authorized to supply Major League Baseball, sits in the town of Turrialba in the central Atlantic region of Costa Rica. Rawlings Sporting Goods moved its factory to Costa Rica from Haiti in the late 1980s because of political turmoil in the Caribbean island and driven by the famed stability that Costa Rica has preserved for over a 100 years.
For the Costa Ricans, each ball is a result of hours of stitching by hand. Because the balls in a professional game rapidly get scraped by the bats or get lost in the crowd its life is only about 3 o 4 pitches so the Costa Rican facility works hard to supply over 2.4 million baseballs a year to meet the needs. Rawlings has maintained its tradition of Costa Rican sewing for almost 30 years because of the detailed and high quality, skilled labor that the country offers.
It has also taken advantage of the Costa Rica´s attractive free zone tax incentives. The cork and rubber cores, Tennessee Holstein cowhide and gray New Zealand sheep's wool yarn are shipped tax-free to the plant, and once the ball is finished it is boxed and shipped to Miami.
Rawlings has recently started to further diversify its operations in the country, introducing a manufacturing line for their Lacrosse rackets. It has also taken advantage of the local English speaking talent to serve the company´s toll free line, thus incorporating additional business functions.
Through its products, players and partnerships, Rawlings is unquestionably The Mark of a Pro™ and Costa Rica is focused on being its partner for success.