Okay, it’s a slow news day and I’ve got to get my stuff ready. A former Top 40 lister and I are hitting Lake Skinner tomorrow and I don’t need the hassle of making up a story that Skeet Reese will be challenging KVD at the U.S. Open. Instead, I’m here to inform you of a corporate merger between two longtime players in the tackle/accessories biz.
It turns out, Plano Molding Co. (tackle boxes and related systems) has acquired Frabill, a well-known maker of landing nets as well as live bait storage, aerators and that bass fishing favorite here in the Southland–ice fishing shelters.
Still, anytime companies get together to combine mutual strengths, it matters. What is interesting is these two have survived and prospered over time. Frabill has been around since 1938, though the most recent owner was there for 29 years.
Plano, which has been challenged by everyone with a sewing box or nylon duffel, has been around since 1932. While bass guys are familiar with its many tackle systems and utility boxes, Plano also does hunting packs, golf cases, tool and even jewelry boxes.
So they’re merging two old-timers together, but what are they going to call the new consortium of Frabill and Plano? Is that FRANO or PLABILL?