CASPER, Wyo. — Wyoming Governor Mark Gordon said on Tuesday that he was pleased to join leadership from Eagle Claw Fishing Tackle in announcing that the company plans to build a new manufacturing plant in Cheyenne.
“Outdoor recreation companies continue to recognize #Wyoming as a welcoming partner,” Gordon said via Twitter.
The Cheyenne-Laramie County Corporation for Economic Development (Cheyenne LEADS) said on Tuesday that Eagle Claw’s parent company, the Wright & McGill Company, had purchased 60 acres in Cheyenne to build the new plant. The company plans to start construction in spring 2023.
Cheyenne LEADS said that it began working with the company on the possibility in March 2020. The company’s Vice Chair Drew McGill made several trips to Wyoming before choosing a location on the Cheyenne Business Parkway for the new plant.
The new manufacturing plant will “take advantage of the latest technology to move processes from overseas while providing highly skilled jobs to the Cheyenne community,” Cheyenne LEADS said.
“Growing up fishing here in Wyoming, some of my first fishing tackle was Eagle Claw,” Gordon said in the Cheyenne LEADS announcement. “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.”
Cheyenne LEADS said that Wright & McGill have previously held annual sales meetings at the A Bar A ranch near Encampment, Wyoming.
“The company’s current owner Lee McGill grew up fishing and working those events in Wyoming,” the announcement adds. “When the time came for the company to expand, Mr. 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 to the company.”
Cheyenne was selected due to its proximity to Denver, according to Cheyenne LEADS.
“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 McGill said in the Cheyenne LEADS announcement. “We appreciate that LEADS has been responsive and helpful from day one. They have acquainted us with the community. They’ve answered numerous questions and connected us to the resources necessary to make this move happen.”
“Cheyenne LEADS has supported us by welcoming our key employees and giving them informational tours, which helped them feel comfortable with the move, all while helping us find the perfect location for our new facility.”
Cheyenne LEADS CEO Betsey Hale added, “This decision by Wright & McGill will continue to diversify the Wyoming economy with high-quality manufacturing jobs. We look forward to having them in our business park and working with them into the future.”