3m to acquire Ross Reels, and a Hometown fav hits the stage at IBMA.

My Ross 8wt with a rainbow fry colored Clouser strung up and ready to throw.

We just learned via the always on-point Midcurrent news feed that 3M is set to acquire Ross Reels. I’m not sure how I feel about it as a consumer, 3M is after all a huge multi-national corporation, and aren’t we suposed to hate on them? WHo cares though really, the owners of Ross must be ecstatic.

Being a graphic designer and working primarily in the large format retail arena I deal with a lot of 3M  products and know a few people there. They are always professional, easy to work worth and for the most part go out of thier way to help us get the results we are looking for.

In fact in one specific instance when we were confronted with a design that called for a 3M graphic material to be applied to a uneven textured faux brick surface they worked with us and did some special testing on our specific material so that we could assure our client that the warranty provided for the graphic material would still be valid. They really went above and beyond the call duty for us and I gotta respect that. I hope they take that kind of professionalism to the Ross brand.

I’m mostly not that interested in Scientific Anglers as a brand and I can’t say that I own much of their gear but they do get some great reviews.

The details and background info is available here the Angling Trade site.

ST. PAUL, Minn. – September 30, 2010 – 3M announced today that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Ross Reels, a Colorado-based manufacturer of fly fishing equipment and accessories. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Ross Reels is recognized as one of the top fly reel manufacturers in the United States. Its full line of products includes high quality fly rods, complete fly fishing outfits, reel outfits, rod cases, fishing pliers and other outdoor related products. 3M, through its Scientific Anglers brand, offers a wide variety of products and equipment for all fly fishing experiences, including fly lines, reels, rods, boxes and instructional DVDs.

Secondly in Bluegrass news our friend Joe Mullins took his show to IBMA and had what sounded like a great showing. Keep up the good work boys! Link to the review at Bluegrass Blog is here.

Joe Mullins and the Radio Ramblers showcases at IBMA.

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