President Donald Trump on Monday kicked off "Made in America" week to highlight products made in the United States, and baseball bats from Baton Rouge-based Marucci Sports were among the items that drew the president's attention.
Immediately upon entering the indoor showcase in the White House Blue Room Monday afternoon, Trump and Vice President Mike Pence came upon a table covered with Marucci bats, and Trump was quick to pick up one.
"These are nice," he said, taking a few practice swings as he peppered the company representative with questions.
Trump asked what kind of wood the bats are made of: Mostly Maple, he was told.
He also asked about different parts of the business.
"Are they still doing aluminum in high school?" the president asked.
Trump was presented with his own custom bat.
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Trump launched Made in America week to celebrate American manufacturing and showcase products from all 50 states.
"We want to build, create, and grow more products in our country using American labor, American goods, and American grit," he said during a speech at the event. "When we purchase products made in the USA, the profits stay here, the revenue stays here, and the jobs -- maybe most importantly of all -- they stay right here in the USA."
Marucci Sports was founded in 2004 by former professional baseball players Kurt Ainsworth and Joe Lawrence and LSU athletic training director Jack Marucci.