Evan, thanks for replying to that post. However, I would like to point out that not everything is mfg in China. We do have our rods made in Korea and a few new products being made here.
With starting a company being cash flow positive is important. Or you are just running an expensive hobbie. As anyone starting or running a business would agree to.
My credibilty runs deep with my family having a Plastic Injection Molding Company since 1961 and proudly employee many workers in this country. I also ran the company for 8 years. Then in 2007 I left the companies payroll when the world went into a global slowdown. My plant manager just has twins and I did not want to lay him off. I worked for a year with no pay... btw.. this is how AFF was started. I was loyal to the business and we made it work by not having to lay anyone off during those times.
We have the same machines that make fly reels (several of them in fact). From the start of AFF its been on the list to have a reel made here. I have machined several in the past on an old South Bend Lathe and Bridge Port machines (ol' school style). I made my first mold when I was 16 with my father for an RV company. I have an extensive background in this and take great pride in it.
Also, keep in mind. I started with just me and now proudly employ 3 full time workes in this country. We are the new company and this topic seems to always come up. We have a business plan that allows us to grow and expand with mfg from all over the world including this country. When the time comes that we can provide "vaule" at a price that I see fit we will release domestic products in this world economy. (few of them will be in the next 60 days)
Our focus is to provide "Value" to all products we make. This is the core to our business. The Value allows us to determain price and thus figuring out the best plans for producing the product.
btw, thanks for everyone that said congrats on our first baby. We had her at 7:32am today. She's in the ICU right now, but things look good. LOVE my little baby girl Logan