FAIRHAVEN, Mass. (Sept. 8, 2008) — Acushnet Co., the world's largest manufacturer of golf balls, will start making its Titleist Pro V1 golf balls somewhere in Asia within three to five years, according to the company.
China, Taiwan, Malaysia and Thailand are all possible locations for the projected Ball Plant IV, which will supplement Titleist production at Ball Plants II and III in North Dartmouth and New Bedford, Mass., an Acushnet spokesman said.
Acushnet needs an Asian facility to satisfy growing global demand for its products, the spokesman said. The Titleist Pro V1 is by far the world's best-selling golf ball, accounting for 48 percent of the market by volume and 59 percent by dollar value.
Company officials unveiled their Asian plans Aug. 28 in power point presentations to local press and Acushnet's 1,500 Massachusetts employees. Acushnet plans to cut about 100 jobs in the U.S., but through retirement and other attrition only.
“If you're a 24-year-old worker at a Titleist plant, you have nothing to worry about,” the Titleist spokesman said. Acushnet will announce the site of the Asian plant by the end of 2008, he added.