A northwest Indiana baseball bat company is celebrating 25 years in business. Valparaiso-based Hoosier Bat Co., which is one of the country’s oldest wood bat manufacturers, has supplied bats to organizations ranging from youth leagues to Major League Baseball.
The company says one of its biggest highlights of the last quarter-century is having three of its bats displayed in the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown, New York…bats used by Sammy Sosa, Lance Johnson and Prince Fielder. However, owners David and Debbie Cook say they are just as proud of the relationships they have established with local schools to host field trips to the company’s manufacturing facility. Hoosier Bat Co. has also helped supply area wood bat tournaments.
The company’s signature product is the WOODFORCE 2000, which uses a patented three-piece would design and includes ash, hickory and maple.
David Cook founded the company in 1990, and continues to lead it. He says, in a world where businesses come and go, he’s proud to have reached the quarter-century mark, and adds that he’s looking forward to the next 25 years.