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Disco Ball business "stayin' alive" in Louisville

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) --Yolanda Baker has been working in a Baxter Avenue factory, since the days when John Travolta was lighting up the dance floor, and the Bee Gees were tearing up the charts.

"We had a tape player, and of course the Bee Gees were on there," Baker said.

It was the 70s, people wanted to get down, and it just so happens Baker was making something that helped them do that, the disco ball.

"We used to have 27 girls lined along the walls, and each one can probably make 15-25 balls a day," Baker said.

Over the years of gluing, assembling, scoring, and a ton of sanding Omega National Products became the place that made the most disco balls in the US.

The factory's employees were working hard, and the disco balls were showing up every where.

Business was about as good as the way Baker felt every time her favorite Bee Gees song came on. But that feeling, like disco itself, was short lived.

"We're making about 12 to 15 a month. It's not what we used to make. We used to make more like a thousand a week," Lehring said.

"Blame it on John Travolta, I guess. He quit," Baker joked.

It's true, the death of disco didn't help. Plus, foreign markets started making mirror balls cheaper. Still, Louisville remains the disco ball capital of the United States, and as long as the business is "Stayin' Alive" you can count on Baker being there, remembering the 70s through her work.

"I do take pride in my work, definitely," said Baker.

Omega National Products also makes hotel mirrors and cabinets.

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