D&J Plastics Inc. hooked another one.
The maker of soft fishing lures is boosting its manufacturing space about 50 percent with a planned 14,000-square-foot addition to its plant in Georgetown, Ga.
``Our business is growing. For our whole 11 years, our business has been growing. We started with one molding machine and now we have 130 employees,'' President Dennis Montgomery said in a telephone interview.
The company recently got word that it will be receiving a $200,000 Edge Award grant from the OneGeorgia Authority, which uses one-third of the state's tobacco lawsuit settlement to help with economic development. That, plus various loans, will help fund a $601,098 project for D&J to add the 14,000-square-foot metal building.
The company currently operates in 30,000 square feet of space.
Montgomery said D&J worked with Quitman County Development Organization Inc. to fund the project, which it hopes will be completed in about six months.
The firm recently added two used, 24-ton Boy injection molding machines and now operates 21 machines total.
``When we run 24 hours a day, we make 750,000 lures a day,'' Montgomery said.
The company makes all sorts of plastic lure shapes, including worms, minnows, frogs, grubs, shad, lizards and crawfish. They come in many colors and include two- or three-color laminates.
He said the soft lures are made of PVC and are shipped around the world to about 400 customers. Buyers include companies in the United States, as well as Australia, Canada and Germany.
D&J also operates a 10,000-square-foot assembly plant in Guatemala City, Guatemala. He said that plant has been operating for about five years and handles some labor-intensive projects. It has 30 employees.
Montgomery said he started his career as a certified mold-pattern maker at a foundry. The foundry built a line of molds for fishing, and he left to work for a customer that used the molds. He has been involved in the plastics industry for about 35 years.
He and wife, Joan, the chief executive officer, started D&J 11 years ago. Their son Scott is vice president of operations.
Montgomery said owning the company has allowed his love of fishing to grow. Fishing with family and friends has given him the thrill of catching a 350-pound blue marlin in Guatemala, a 10½-pound largemouth bass in Alabama and a 45-pound king salmon in Alaska.