'Made in America' Tackles the Super Bowl


The Trophy

Wilson's footballs are used in every game on the road to the ultimate prize in professional football, the Lombardi Trophy. The iconic trophy, which is hoisted by the champions at end of the game, has been made in Parsippany, N.J. by Tiffany & Co. since the first Super Bowl in 1967.

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The original concept for the trophy was sketched on a cocktail napkin by Tiffany's Vice President Oscar Riedener during a meeting with then-NFL commissioner Pete Rozelle. The design has remained the same ever since.

The 22-inch, seven-pound trophy takes about four months to complete and is made in a silversmiths shop on Tiffany's campus in Parsippany that employees 25 people. The overall facility employs about 1,000 people and the company as a whole employs 8,500 people worldwide. Approximately 75 to 80 percent of all of Tiffany's employees are in the U.S.

"We [Tiffany employees] all watch the game with the same perspective, which is at the end when that celebration is taking place and the winning team is handed the trophy -- that's when we all feel that real sense of pride. In some small way, Tiffany is out there helping that team celebrate," said Tom O'Rourke, vice president of business sales for Tiffany. "Tiffany is a part of celebrating important moments and so for us I couldn't think of a more important celebration in sports than the championship moment when the winner is given the trophy."

The silversmith shop in Parsippany also makes championship trophies for the National Basketball Association and Major League Baseball.

"We're really proud of the fact that we are keeping what really amounts to a dying art form, we're keeping it alive and we're keeping it alive here in the United States in our shop and we're employing American workers to build America's championship trophies," O'Rourke told ABC News. "We have really focused our efforts on the manufacturing side of the employee population and keeping those manufacturing jobs here in the U.S."

No matter who wins on Sunday, American-made products will have played a vital role in making them champions.

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