"The City of Hillsboro and the Chamber of Commerce have been very supportive of our business," said Nate Baldwin, DeMarini plant manager. "They've helped us navigate numerous projects and have advised us on key aspects of those projects. Hillsboro also has a great manufacturing workforce base that has allowed us to continue to grow our business."
DeMarini Sports occupies two manufacturing facilities in Hillsboro, turning out high-performance bats for serious baseball and softball players around the world. The company's products can be found in the hands of amateur and pro players in the U.S., Canada, Japan, Korea, and Australia. DeMarini bats have been the equipment of choice in well over 400 national slow pitch tournaments, and have won several college world series championships. They've graced the pages of magazines like People, Popular Mechanics and Men's Health, and have appeared in several full-length feature films.
Knowing the DeMarini story begins with knowing company namesake, Ray DeMarini. Ray first found fame as a professional softball player, breaking onto the scene at the age of 40, and quickly earning a reputation as a savage competitor among his younger peers. He played for the major division Labtec/DeMarini team in Vancouver, Washington, as well as other teams between the recreational and Division A levels. Ray became so well known, particularly for his mastery of the reflex hitting technique, that when ESPN conducted a national search for a hardcore player to advise on the development of a series of instructional videos, DeMarini was their man. Together, they produced Ray DeMarini's Reflex Hitting System, ESPN's most successful home video to date.