The lace used in every NFL football is still made from the original three-decade-old formula created by Wilson and Brockton Plastics, John Hopkins said.
He is guarded about the exact formula, but said the lace is made from a PVC resin compound and other materials that come together as a single, diminutive pellet. Thousands of those pellets are then heated up until they melt into a pliable substance that can be pushed and shaped through a die.
“It’s like a pasta machine pushing out a piece of pasta,” John Hopkins said. “It looks simple, but there’s a lot of complicated parts to it.”