Cool Stuff Being Made: BWP Bats

By August 11, 2007Cool Stuff Being Made

bats.jpgA recurring theme in the “Cool Stuff Being Made” videos we bring every week is quality, the manufacturer’s attention toward quality control through all phases of production.

The latest example comes from Michael Gregory, vice president of BWP Bats, who explains to viewers of this week’s documentary, “There are two ways to make a bat. You can make a bat, or you can make a bat right.”

For this Brookville, Pennsylvania, manufacturer of baseball bats used at all levels of the sport, the process starts with the selection of the wood — maple (not ash) — all the way through two sawmills, several dry kilns, and complete finishing lines. Wood that doesn’t meet standards for bats but is still of high quality winds up in furniture and hard-wood flooring.

Gregory also spends time explaining how the bats are personalized for players, in appearance, weight, etc., for Little Leaguers all the way to MLB players. Did you know that Elijah Dukes of the Tampa Bay Devil Rays likes to have a cross engraved on his bats? Johnny Damon is another happy customer.

An excellent, interesting look at bat manufacturing, even for the non-baseball fan. Thanks to the good folks at PCN for sending the video our way.

Click here to see the Cool Stuff Being Made video.

And, batter up!

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