Changes promised at HMH Fly Tying Vices
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The new owner of HMH Fly Tying Vices has promised changes at the 40-year-old company.
Jonathan Larrabee, who was announced as majority partner and President of the Brunswick, Maine business a week ago, says that a ‘next generation’ of vices is among his priorities.
Larrabee is a former fly reel manufacturer with 25 years’ experience in industrial design and manufacturing. He has designed everything from nuclear submarines to fire trucks.
“Our immediate objective is to implement some improvements in form and function to our current line-up, while making process improvements that will allow us to move parts through the shop faster and more efficiently,” he said.
“The vices will still be hand finished and assembled by hand, one at a time. We anticipate resurrecting some of the earlier HMH products, while we also design and build the next generation of HMH vises.”
John Albright, President Emeritus at HMH, will stay at the company to focus on outreach and product development. “Jonathan brings not only new ideas, but technical skill as a machinist, problem solving skills and a solid grasp of manufacturing processes. All of this can only be good for the line-up of HMH vices and accessories.”
For the past five years Larrabee has been engineering manager at Kochek Co. Inc., a B2B manufacturer of fire equipment and water flow products. He was owner of Larrabee Reels from 2005 to 2012.
HMH is credited with revolutionising vice design by incorporating components precision-machined from high quality materials and introducing design features never before brought together. These included 360-degree rotation, disc drag rotary tension adjustment and interchangeable, hardened jaws.
It currently manufacturers five vice models and also produces a line of tube flies and tube fly accessories.