Wyoming Governor Mark Gordon announced that the Wright & McGill Company, the owner of Eagle Claw Fishing Tackle, has purchased 60 acres in Cheyenne, WY to build a new manufacturing plant.
“Growing up fishing here in Wyoming, some of my first fishing tackle was Eagle Claw,” Gordon said. “Having them locate in Wyoming is like a boyhood dream coming true. This is yet another example of an outdoor recreation business recognizing Wyoming as welcoming to businesses in this sector.”
The company, based in Denver, CO, plans to add to its manufacturing capabilities by building the facility. The factory will take advantage of 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 of 2020. The company’s Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors, Drew McGill, made several trips to Wyoming before choosing the exact manufacturing site located in the Cheyenne Business Parkway.
The company has long ties to Wyoming with the founder having fished many times on the North Platte River. The company held annual sales meetings at the A Bar A ranch near Encampment, WY. The company’s current owner Lee McGill grew up fishing and working those events in Wyoming. When the time came for the company to expand, McGill turned to his son Drew McGill to find a location that was advantageous for the company. While proximity to Denver was important, no State was left out of the process. After over five years of research and site visits, Wyoming made the most sense.
Wright and McGill chose Cheyenne due to its strategic location in relation to its current manufacturing facility in Denver, CO. They also see great opportunities to be involved in and contribute to the community. “As a family-owned business, we appreciate the independent, friendly, family-oriented culture we’ve experienced in Cheyenne, for both ourselves and for future generations of our family and our employees,” Drew said.
Construction of the facility will begin in Spring 2023.
Founded in Denver, Colorado in 1925, the Wright & McGill Co. is solely owned by Lee McGill. We continue to manufacture all of our world famous fishhooks in Denver, Colorado and are extremely proud to be the only brand of fishhooks “Made In The USA!” We are proud stewards of an 90+ year American legacy and the most recognizable brand name in all of fishing.