A recent story in The Pottstown Mercury reports that Gudebrod has laid off all of their employees. Is this the beginning of the end for Gudebrod?
Most custom fishing rod builders know of Gudebrod through their rod building thread that they have manufactured. However there have been rumblings in the industry within the past year or so that Gudebrod was facing some problems and many custom rod supply shops had difficult times in getting some Gudebrod threads.
On August 3, 2010, The Mercury quoted Gudebrod company president, Natt LeGrande Jr as saying, “”We are in the process of trying to bring in fresh financing… And I think we’re going to be successful. I think it’s going to happen.”
Gudebrod not only has made thread especially for custom fishing rod builders, but even such products such as dental floss, yarns and products aimed at the medical and aerospace industry.
There is no news of the layoffs on the Gudebrod company website.