Rasco Rings celebrates centenary
Rasco Rings has joined that elite group of companies in the fishing tackle industry to reach its 100th year. The Washington manufacturer celebrates its centenary proud in the fact that it still produces all its stainless steel split rings in the US.
The business began life as Evans Manufacturing, making a range of terminal tackle, before being acquired by the Smith Brothers and divided into two companies in 1955.
One retained the Evans name and continued to produce existing products, while the other focused solely on the increasingly popular stainless steel split rings. The latter arm was named Rasco (Richard A. Smith CO).
Richard Smith later sold the business to his son-in-law, Leroy Kuest, and it was when he retired in 2007 that three employees – Dail Hurdlow, his son Travis and Mike DuPuis – purchased the company.
“We are still using our specially formulated wire produced in the US and continue to use the same proprietary processing technique discovered by the Smith Brothers,” explained Travis Hurdlow.
“We make around 30 different sizes of rings and have the capacity to produce over one million products per day combining the various sizes we offer. About 70% of our production is exported to customers on most every continent.”