About Carris Reels

Longevity · Dependability · Accomplishment · Teamwork

Carris Reels was founded in Rutland, Vermont in 1951 by Henry Carris. This business was Henry’s life’s work which he built from the ground up during the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s on a foundation of operational excellence. The saying “get the wood out” became and remains part of the corporate culture. By the time Henry retired in 1980 he had built a multimillion-dollar business capable of withstanding the tests of time. In early 2014, Dave Ferraro succeeded Mike Curran as President, and his promotion to President followed more than three decades of leading the Carris brand to its current leadership position in the marketplace. Dave has focused much of his efforts on growing the company, and expanding its geographical reach, first by completing the acquisition of J. Hamelin Industries in Canada in 2015, and then by the acquisition of Lone Star Reel in Texas in 2016.

CARRIS TIMELINE

1951

Carris Reels was founded in Rutland, Vermont in 1951 by Henry Carris.

1955

Carris Reels makes its one millionth reel!

1970

Carris Reels opens a new plant in Indiana.

1980

Henry retires after building a multimillion-dollar business capable of withstanding the tests of time and his son Bill took over the company and set it on an aggressive growth plan. Carris opens a plant in Statesville, North Carolina.

1986

Carris Reels acquires Bridge Manufacturing, located in Enfield, Connecticut.

1990

Carris Reels buys Wood Fabricators in Madera, California.

1994

Bill Carris wrote a document called “The Long Term Plan,” setting Carris Reels on its path towards employee ownership.

1999

Carris Reels acquires Grogins Plastics, located in Fincastle, Virginia.

2000

Carris de Mexico is established in Monterrey, Mexico.

2005

The Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP), becomes the majority owner of the company. Bill Carris retires as President, as Mike Curran takes over.

2008

The ESOP goes to 100%, completing Bill’s plan of a fully employee owned company.

2014

In early 2014, Dave Ferraro, who was currently the Vice President of Sales and Marketing, succeeded Mike Curran as President.

2015

Carris Reels fully acquires J. Hamelin, located in Canada.

2016

Carris Reels acquires Lone Star Reel in both Bonham and McKinney, Texas.

2018

Carris opens a plastics plant in the McKinney, Texas facility.

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