Our founder, Dennis Montgomery, has over 40 years of experience in the soft plastic lure manufacturing business. Dennis, an avid angler, began in 1976 when he was hired by Tom and Don Mann at one of the first plastic injection molding companies in the fishing industry. He later started Eufaula Mfg Co which he sold to Mann's Bait Company. In 1997, Dennis and wife, Joyce, started D&J from a desire for more freedom to provide better customer service and design capabilities to a growing industry. In the beginning, the company’s niche was to manufacture soft plastic lures for small independent corporations doing business in the U.S. and Japan.
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The D&J plant in 2019
D & J started in a small 3,700 sq ft building with 4 molding machines, 3 employees working one shift, and two customers. Since then, we have expanded to over 100 employees working 3 shifts and over 30 machines, including specialized equipment for manufacturing jig heads and other terminal tackle. We now work for over 400 brands in 16 countries, ranging from your local mom and pop shop to national brands and major retailers. We recently added an additional 16,000 square feet to our main facility in Georgia bringing it to 65,000 square feet to increase our capacity. We also operate a facility in Guatemala which we recently expanded to offer more capabilities. All of this means that our customers have more access than ever to the latest lure and terminal tackle technologies.
The D&J plant in 1999