Colombian company ramps up jersey production to meet Super Bowl 50 demand

By Andrew V. Pestano  |  Jan. 28, 2016 at 1:23 PM
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MEDELLíN, Colombia, Jan. 28 (UPI) -- A company in Colombia is working at full speed to meet the demands for Super Bowl 50 Denver Broncos and Carolina Panthers jerseys and other apparel.

Creytex, the 45-year-old family business located in Medellín, is focusing on making merchandise for fans of the two NFL teams.

"It's very exciting to know that in Colombia and in Medellin we're producing for the world and especially for something as American as American football," Creytex CEO Lina Bustamante told EFE.

Creytex, which employs about 400 people, exports 70 percent of its products to companies including Champion, Columbia, Under Armour and Disney. The Broncos and the Panthers face off on Feb. 7 in California's Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara.

And as for the "pigskins" -- every single NFL ball in a Super Bowl has been made in Ohio's Wilson Football Factory since 1941.

More than 700,000 footballs are made a year at the Wilson Football Factory in Ada, Ohio. That's about 4,000 a day. The NFL is the only major sports league to manufacture its sports balls in the United States.

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