Wyoming Governor Mark Gordon announced that Wright & McGill, owner of Eagle Claw Fishing Tackle, has purchased 60 acres in Cheyenne, WY to build a new manufacturing facility.
“Growing up fishing here in Wyoming, some of my first tackle was Eagle Claw,” Gordon said. “Having them in Wyoming is like a childhood dream come true. This is yet another example of an outdoor recreation company recognizing Wyoming as welcoming for businesses in this industry.
The company, based in Denver, CO, plans to add to its manufacturing capabilities by constructing the facility. The plant will leverage the latest technology to move processes from overseas to Wyoming while providing highly skilled jobs to the Cheyenne community.
Cheyenne LEADS began working with Wright & McGill in March 2020. The company’s Vice Chairman of the Board, Drew McGill, made several trips to Wyoming before choosing the exact manufacturing site located in the Cheyenne Business Parkway.
The company has long-standing ties to Wyoming, with the founder having fished the North Platte River several times. The company held annual sales meetings at A Bar A Ranch near Encampment, WY. The company’s current owner, Lee McGill, grew up fishing and working on these events in Wyoming. When the time came for the business to expand, McGill turned to his son Drew McGill to find an advantageous location for the business. While proximity to Denver was important, no state was left out of the process. After more than five years of research and site visits, Wyoming made the most sense.
Wright and McGill chose Cheyenne because of its strategic location relative to its current manufacturing facility in Denver, CO. They also see great opportunities to get involved and contribute to the community. “As a family business, we value the independent, friendly and family-oriented culture we have experienced in Cheyenne, both for ourselves and for future generations of our family and employees,” said Drew.
Construction of the facility will begin in the spring of 2023.
Photo courtesy Eagle Claw Fishing Tackle