Wilson Sporting Goods was founded in 1915 by Thomas Wilson in Chicago, Illinois. The company manufactures sporting goods and sportswear. The company is a subsidiary of Amer Sports, after being acquired in 1989.
The company provides equipment for numerous sports teams, as well as consumers, including golf balls and equipment, soccer, tennis, basketball, and American football. Most NFL players wear uniforms made by Wilson. In 2010, the company had annual revenue of $930 million, as well as more than 1,600 full-time employees.
Wilson announced in 2018 that they were releasing a “smart” football, designed to help teach players how to correctly throw the ball.
A Wilson volleyball was used in the Tom Hanks movie “Castaway”. In fact, the “character” of Wilson was so popular that the company began making balls with Wilson’s “face” printed on them.
Wilson Sporting Goods headquarters remains in Chicago, Illinois.