Acushnet, the Fortune Brands subsidiary that makes Titleist and Pinnacle golf balls and other products, announced last week it will carry out two rounds of layoffs. The company also said it would close a factory in Acushnet, MA.

Both the layoffs and plant closing will happen over the next 15 months. The company said 85 people will be laid off by June and another 80 to 100 workers will lose their jobs in a second round of cuts.

Company officials said they will transfer about 600 people and equipment from Ball Plant I in Acushnet, which will close, to another factory in the New Bedford Business Park.
Ball Plant I was built almost 100 years ago. A sign on the building calls it the “Birthplace of Titleist.”

Acushnet Co. CEO Wally Uihlein blamed declining sales of golf balls for the layoffs and plant closure.