The Fishing and Marine Industry Daily News Feed

K&E Tackle, Inc. Expanding to Larger Facility

In order to keep up with rapid growth, K&E Tackle, Inc has announced that they will be moving into a new larger facility in Hastings, Michigan. The new location will act as the main office and distribution point for all of K&E’s fishing tackle brands, including Stopper Lures, Carlisle Floats, Best Tackle, Bear Creek and Arnold Tackle. The new location will more than double the size of their current location.

“With our continued growth over the past several years, we needed to expand our space.” Said K&E Co-owner Jim Sprague, “With the additional space, we can continue to maintain our inventory levels and increase our efficiencies in shipping and order processing.” Owners Jim and Jenny Sprague purchased the company started by Jim’s Parents, Ken and Evelyn Sprague. The move comes after nearly 50 years in the same location. The current location will be retained and used for additional warehousing.

There is also some added history to the move. K&E Tackle will be moving into what was originally the E.W Bliss Co, where Jim’s parents both worked prior to starting their fishing lure business. “I remember visiting the factory when my father worked there, a big loud production line making punch presses” said Sprague, “Everyone thought he was crazy to leave a good stable union job to try to make a living peddling fishing lures. With three young kids and no real business experience it was a gutsy move.”

The move to the new location is scheduled to be complete by the end of March. Customers and suppliers will be notified when the changeover is completed. Any questions can be directed to Jim Sprague or Jack Horning, National Sales Manager at 269 945 4496.

K&E Tackle, Inc manufactures, sources and distributes fresh, saltwater and ice fishing products throughout the U.S., with a focus on the Great Lakes and Midwest region. K&E Tackle’s Brands include Stopper Lures, Carlisle Floats, Best Tackle, Bear Creek and Arnold Tackle. Some iconic products include the Bass Stopper rigged worm, The Arnold Speed Stop, the original balsa Carlisle Floats, Bear Creek spearing decoys and top selling ice lures, the Moon Jig and Skandia Tungsten jigs. For nearly 50 years, K&E has gained a reputation for quality products and excellent customer service. Go to for more information.

Keep your finger on the fishing industry pulse

The Definititive News Source of the Fishing & Marine Industry