Buffalo doesn’t have a Major League Baseball team, let alone one playing in the World Series. But it does have three Buffalo-based companies representing the Queen City at Progressive Field in Cleveland.
There’s Delaware Avenue-headquartered New Era Cap Co., which is the official on-field cap provider for the league. It makes every cap on the head of every player you’ll see. There’s Buffalo-based hospitality company Delaware North, handling concessions. And now, there’s Michigan Avenue-based mobile-device maker Bak USA, whose tablets are being used to take food and beverage orders in the aisles, at kiosks and in the suites throughout the stadium.
Delaware North is using Bak’s Seal 8 tablets as mobile cash registers. The rugged tablets are waterproof and were designed with much more extreme climates in mind. But its Gorilla Glass and rubberized casing will protect against drops in the stands, and its ability to withstand temperatures from 14 degrees to 122 degrees Fahrenheit will help it survive being stored in ice bins at concession stands, as it has been.
Bak USA got its start making low-cost tablets as a way to create jobs in Haiti. It has since brought its mission to inner-city Buffalo to create jobs and provide affordable tablets and laptops to children.