Continuing the trend of growth, Uncle Josh has announced the purchase of substantially all of the assets of Acme Tackle Company, of Providence, RI, to help fill out their ever-growing roster of brands. The Acme brand will be added to their current line up which includes: Kalin’s, Beaver Dam, ATOM, Bead, Bombshell, Little Stinker, and Uncle Josh Pork lines.
“This will be a big year for Uncle Josh,” said Kurt Kellogg, owner of Uncle Josh. “We have had more growth in the last couple years than we ever have – and our brand has been around since 1922. Acme Tackle is our sixth acquisition since 2002, but I’m already looking for more fishing companies to buy.”
The Acme brand’s claim to fame is their jewelry-like finish and Kellogg said that the quality will continue as they are using the same suppliers Acme always has. Former President of the company, Art Lavallee was a stickler for quality, and he’s confident Uncle Josh will maintain the same standard.
“I think Acme Tackle found a good home with Uncle Josh,” Lavallee said. “I’m confident that they will keep the Acme brand a quality one. “
Acme spoons are a staple in the salmon and trout industry and have a large footprint of dealers across the world.
“Acme has 12 models of spoons but their Kastmaster and Little Cleo lines are the flagships,” Kellogg said. “These two styles of spoons are icons in the industry, similar to the way our own Beaver Dam tip-up, Uncle Josh Pork, and Kalin’s grubs are viewed.”
Uncle Josh is one of the few tackle manufacturers that provides such a broad array of brands with fresh, salt, open and hard-water offerings. All are made right in the USA. The Acme brand, much like current Uncle Josh brands, will be promoted on regional and national television and print advertising to help drive consumer demand.
Logo courtesy Uncle Josh Fishing Bait Company