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Tuesday Oct. 12th
I know everyone is anxious for your new Arrival Series (Texas Project). We’re currently in production and in process of completion.
We’ve experienced plenty of push backs based on numerous outside factors.
I’ve also made a few last minute changes on tooling and with a few components.
I would love to say the end of October based on my optimism and excitement for this project, but I don’t think that’s realistic.
Based on my last minute changes. All the parts and painting will be done by the end of October. In fact, we’ll start painting this week.
At this time, I won’t give a set date other than saying EOY (End of Year). I’d rather push out the expectations and potentially deliver before.
This is a project not being done anywhere in our industry. Please bare with me on this and I promise we’ll deliver a top quality product.
Monday Sept. 20th
Texas Project -
All the pre-production runs went smooth and we’re finalizing the paint finish now.
Our base material comes from Ohio. It’s on a LTL carrier in-bound to Southlake. I’m heading back down mid next week (Sept. 27 - Oct. 1st) to “officially” kick off production.
For those in molding, multiple molds and only 1 machine requires added time to produce a finished product.
It’s been a long process, but I know we’re in the home stretch.
For those that want to say “still waiting for a reel, it’s been a year,” we understand. This is a massive project. If you aren’t comfortable waiting until completion, we’re happy to refund you at your request. For those locked in with us, we appreciate your patience and we look forward to rewarding that patience very soon!
Wednesday Sept. 8th
It's September. I know many of you are chomping at the bit to get these in your hands.
Production starts next week. That's the next step for possible delays. All parts are confirmed with what we're making in-house. Plus, those components that are being made outside are also confirmed.
My hope is to start providing video footage of us molding next week. In a perfect world, we'd be up and running by now. However, I'm the knucklehead that wanted to do this during the worst possible time when manufacturing is delayed globally.
Announcing US Manufacturing
From the day I started this business in 2008, my goal was to deliver a high quality product by controlling the manufacturing process. As a third-generation injection molder and a tool and die maker, I knew it made sense to eventually manufacture many of our components in-house.
I wish the circumstances would have been different regarding the issues surrounding us today. However, as our growth has exceeded our expectations, now is the right time to begin integrating our manufacturing processes. It's a wonderful thing when you produce quality products, put faith in your team, and treat customers right.
I take pride in our partnerships in China and will continue to do so. I've known our Chinese factory owners for over a decade; I consider them friends and have known them long enough that I have seen their kids grow up. They are aware of my background and we carry a mutual respect for all of our experiences.
Just over a year ago, I had a discussion with my team and our partners on what's next for Sixgill. That discussion went in several directions, but the one thing that has been consistent for me was manufacturing. This time, the team agreed with me.
With that in mind, as of today I'm announcing we will start the process of manufacturing a USA low-profile casting reel in TEXAS with certain components sourced with our current global manufacturers.
I've always stressed quality over origin. This project is no different. Delivering quality and value is our primary goal. I've also been on record saying when I feel we can match our current quality while producing in the US that we will do so.
We all feel a sense of pride in what we purchase regardless of the product’s origin. The sport of fishing is a pursuit where people take pride in enjoying every step of the experience. I want Sixgill to go beyond a simple purchase transaction and make it a brand with life-long friendships with each of our customers. This is just one way for us to achieve that goal.
All US parts will be produced in-house by Sixgill employees in Texas. The projected MSRP will be in the mid to high $200s and the reel will have a sales cycle that makes it attractive for everyone. The above photo is our first 3D print version of the US reel. It’s been changed since with design edits.
We plan on opening it up for pre-order on an upcoming date. At that time we'll offer it as a Deposit Program option. The description and technology of the reel will be discussed leading up to the pre-sale date.
On a personal note, this is a project I've been wanting for several years. Nothing about this business excites me more than being able to produce a product from start to finish. Now, having the ability to produce on two continents makes the entire process even more gratifying!