Eagle Claw Fishing Tackle Manufacturer Announces New Factory in Cheyenne | Business

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“Growing up fishing here in Wyoming, some of my first tackle was Eagle Claw,” Governor 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 plans to expand its manufacturing capabilities by building a state-of-the-art plant. The plant will leverage the latest technology to move processes from overseas 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, Mr. McGill turned to his son Drew McGill to find an advantageous location for the business. While proximity to Denver is important, no state has been left out of the process. After more than five years of research and site visits, Wyoming made the most sense for the company.

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, family-oriented culture we have experienced in Cheyenne, for ourselves and for future generations of our family and employees,” Drew said.

“We appreciate that LEADS was responsive and helpful from day one. They introduced us to the community. They answered many questions and connected us with the resources needed to complete this move,” said Drew McGill. “Cheyenne LEADS supported us by welcoming our key employees and providing them with orientation tours, which helped them feel comfortable with the move, while helping us find the perfect location for our new install.”

“This move by Wright & McGill will continue to diversify Wyoming’s economy with high-quality manufacturing jobs,” said Betsey Hale, CEO of Cheyenne LEADS. “We look forward to having them in our business park and working with them in the future.”

They plan to begin construction of their new facility in the spring of 2023.

About Wright & McGill Co.

Wright & McGill Co. has a rich history that dates back over 90 years and began when two young anglers Drew McGill and Stan Wright formed the Wright & McGill Co. in 1925. The innovative hook company that is now Eagle Claw started when McGill was spending time doing what he loves most, fly fishing in the upper Colorado River and saw two great eagles swoop in and catch fish with their big talons. This moment inspired the design of the eagle claw hooks. Today, Eagle Claw is considered the most innovative hook company in the world and is the only hook manufacturer in the United States.

The company manufactures and distributes premium hooks, fishing rods, reels, terminal equipment and ice fishing products in the United States and more than 40 countries around the world. It proudly equips anglers with the brands Eagle Claw, Lazer Sharp, TroKar and Wright & McGill. Eagle Claw is proud to continue its tradition and bring an additional manufacturing facility to Wyoming.

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