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Baseball season is here but it's not just about peanuts and cracker jacks here.

Hot dogs are a traditional favorite at the old ball game and if you've ever had an Aces dog, you've supported the local economy.

Game day hot dogs and sausages are supplied by The Sausage Factory in Carson City. "You put quality meat in, quality spices, you get quality product out. And that's what we're all about, here at The Sausage Factory," says owner Joe Tonino.

This company has been here since 1968 and has been growing ever since. Tonino credits a lot of that growth to the local level. "You've got to keep your money local and we all have to support each other, one way or another. And that's what keeps our community strong."

Of course hot dogs and brats wouldn't be complete without a bun. And the Aces have hired Franco French Baking Co. to supply those. "On the days that they have a game, there's definitely a boost in our production in our hot dog buns and hamburger buns. And it's a little bit more pressure, too," says Brian Gant.

This year during Winning Wednesdays, hot dogs cost $1. On those nights, Franco pumps out more than 7,000 hot dog buns for the game. The extra demand means extra hours for employees and sometimes, new hires.

And if you want to wash it down with a cold one you can grab a Battle Born Beer. You may have seen the local company's old truck around town. "This is our Clydesdale. Another large brewery has horses. We've got a 1957 Divco milk truck."

That truck is a reminder of a simpler time, when most things were locally-owned.

Vogel says when you hire local, you're putting money into your neighbor's pockets, too. "It goes back to the distributors, it goes back to the brewers, it goes back to the end consumers, the grocery stores. It affects all those people along the way."

Battle Born Beer can be found on tap at several bars and restaurants around town. Vogel says they plan on bottling the beer in a couple months and distributing it to local stores.

Written by Paul Nelson

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