HoptownChronicle.org: Hopkinsville bowling ball plant closing

The closure affects 110 hourly and 61 salaried employees at the Hopkinsville plant, which opened in 1967

HOPKINSVILLE, Ky. — Ebonite International, the bowling ball manufacturer and one of Hopkinsville’s oldest industries, is closing following the company’s acquisition by Brunswick, several sources confirmed Friday.

Ebonite’s Hopkinsville plant, which opened in 1967, employed about 170 workers at its plant off West Seventh Street. Christian County Judge-Executive Steve Tribble told WKMS 110 hourly workers and 61 salaried employees will be laid off, with most employees receiving severance pay until Jan. 13, 2020.

“It’s a shock. I mean, I had no idea they were even considering selling,” Tribble told WKMS, the public radio station at Murray State University. “Of course, that’s one of our claims to fame has been that more bowling balls are made here than any place in the world … now all of these folks are going to be looking for work.”

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