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  • Ross Reels awarded with Colorado’s top manufacturing honors

    April 13, 2017

    Montrose, CO - Ross Reels, one of the world’s premier fly fishing manufacturing businesses, was recognized this week for innovation in product manufacturing presented by CompanyWeek and Manufacturer’s Edge.

    Pictured is Rob Joseph (L) and David Dragoo (R)

    Ross Reels was nominated by the City of Montrose and selected as a finalist for the 2017 Colorado Manufacturing Awards. A finalist reception was held at the Art Hotel in Denver on Thursday evening, with Bart Taylor, founder of CompanyWeek magazine, presiding as master of ceremonies. The award nominees were some of the most respected businesses from across Colorado. MOOTS Cycles from Steamboat Springs, Wagner Custom Skis from Mountain Village, and Eagle Claw Fishing Tackle Co. from Denver were the three other finalists.

    The winner for the “Consumer and Lifestyle” category was announced after all other nine categories, making for a highly-anticipated reveal. In his description of Ross Reels and it’s work, Taylor noted “[They] changed course. Understanding what primary jobs meant to the community and what the community might ultimately give back to the brand, Ross Reels now sets the bar for innovation in [its] competitive sector”.

    The award was highlighted by the attendance of Assistant City Manager Rob Joseph who attended the event on behalf of the City to support Ross Reels. Joseph noted, “Since moving to Montrose, Mayfly has demonstrated its promise to be a conscientious community-minded partner through its corporate culture which holds dear a sense of excellence in work and sense of pride in community. The awards ceremony further displayed to me that Mayfly commands respect and is held in high regard by its industry peers. The Dragoo's, their exemplary staff, and world-class products well complement the City’s efforts to position Montrose as a leader in the world of outdoor recreation.”

    “It’s a huge honor for us. This award recognizes business from all over the State. We’re proud to bring this award to the Western Slope,” said David Dragoo, company President. Dragoo added, “You can make anything once, but repeating it at a high-standard many thousand-times over proves excellence. Our team and our products are excellent”.


    About CompanyWeek

    CompanyWeek is “the media voice of the Rocky Mountain manufacturing economy -- a diverse sector of makers and manufacturers, designers and engineers, growers and builders, lifestyle companies and all-ambitious, growth-oriented companies”. The publication “profiles goods-producing industries across” Colorado, Utah and California. More information can be found at companyweek.com

    About Manufacturer’s Edge

    Manufacturer’s Edge is a “statewide manufacturing assistance center, partially funded by the NIST Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP). Manufacturer’s Edge encourages the strength and competitiveness of Colorado manufacturers through onsite technical assistance through coaching, training, and consulting, collaboration-focused industry programs, and leveraging government, university and economic development partnerships.”

    More information can be found at www.manufacturersedge.com

  • Ross Reels Earns Montrose's Business of the Year

    Presented by the City of Montrose, Region 10 & the Chamber of Commerce

    January 27, 2017

    MONTROSE, Colorado -- The new year is starting just as strong as 2016 finished for Ross Reels.

    Ross, known for its precision manufacturing and high-end fly fishing products, was given the 2016 Business of the Year honor during the Montrose Chamber of Commerce’s annual gala on Saturday night at the Montrose Pavilion Events Center. The award was presented by the Chamber, as well as Region 10 and the City of Montrose.

    Accepting the award in front of the packed house of an estimated 200+ attendees was Tony Lugard, Chief Operating Officer at the company. “This award is quite an honor. We've been part of the Montrose community for over 30 years and our success has largely been from the stewardship of our wonderful team members.”

    According to Director of Montrose Business Innovation Chelsea Rosty, who oversees the Montrose Chamber of Commerce, the award was well deserved. She said Ross Reels has been in Montrose for more over 3 decades, and recently expanded its local employment base by 68 percent over a 24 month period. She touted Ross Reels for investing more than $750,000 in machinery and tooling during 2016 in its local factory, helping improve its production and upgrading its facilities.

    “I am happy to name Ross Reels the 2016 Business of the Year,” Rosty said, adding Ross Reels also had been recognized in Colorado Business Magazine and has recently won numerous industry design awards.


    For more information, Contact:

    Chelsea Rosty

    Director of Montrose Business Innovation, City of Montrose

    970.250.2189 | crosty@ci.montrose.co.us