Made in the USA: Lamiglas Rod Company

The Lamiglas Rod Company had its modest beginnings in the back of Clarence Shoff's sporting goods store in Kent, Wash. In 1949, Shoff and partner Dick Snyder hatched a plan to incorporate a radical new material into rod making, and in 1950, Lamiglas became the first company to make fiberglass blanks. In 1968, the first complete rods with the Lamiglas name appeared, and by this time, ownership had changed to a group of investors that sold the company to current owner Dick Posey.

Made by Hands that Fish
At 86, Dick Posey still goes to work every day. His son John runs the company with the help of his father.

"Offshore manufacturing continues to improve. However, they're not innovators. The overseas builders don't fish," says John Posey. "At Lamiglas, our rods are built by hands that love to fish. Each of our rods has been touched by every employee in the building, from the graphite pattern on the rod to the custom-fit handles. As a small, American-owned company, we've learned it takes this level of commitment to survive in an industry saturated with choices."

With about 45 employees, Lamiglas has found its niche making specialty rods for anglers around the world. Their current catalog offers more than 250 different production rods and another 175 blanks spanning a broad range of actions, line ratings, and specialty models. "You may not need every rod we make," says John Posey. "But we make every rod you'll ever need."

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