A Team Effort
In the late 1950s, Lou's nephew Ed moved the plant from Detroit to Dearborn. Ed's daughter, Karen Eppinger, now supervises 15 tight-knit employees (the average tenure is more than 20 years), each of whom can do any job in the factory. At 70, Karen ties squirrel hair and feathers by hand to more than 100,000 lures a year. In the winter, she packs nearly every shipment. When Jennifer Bustamante, Karen's daughter, isn't doing the books, she's putting split rings on spoons. John Cleveland spends time in the paint booth.