17/07/2014 - CNS Outdoor Technologies LLC Announces Acquisition of Thomas & Thomas
Greenfield, MA – July 16, 2014.
CNS Outdoor Technologies LLC, a Massachusetts based company owned by Albert-Neville Orsmond of Stamford, CT today announced the acquisition of fly rod makers, Thomas & Thomas, previously owned by Mark Richens of Islamorada, FL.
CNS has purchased both the Thomas & Thomas brand and the extensive rod making facility at Barton Road, Greenfield, Massachusetts and will continue the long-standing T&T tradition of manufacturing premium bamboo, glass and graphite fly rods in the USA. Neville Orsmond will replace Mark Richens as President and CEO of the business.
Commenting on the sale Mark Richens said, “It has been an immense privilege to work with Tom Dorsey, Troy Jacques and the talented team of craftsmen and women at Thomas & Thomas. Their hard work combined with the strong support of T&T distributors, dealers, pro staff, suppliers and customers has returned T&T to a stable and proud position in the fly fishing world. It has been an enjoyable and exciting process but due to family commitments in the UK, I have not been able to spend as much time in Greenfield as originally intended. T&T is well positioned in the market but I feel on-site leadership is essential for the brand to really fulfill its potential. As a serious fly fishing enthusiast, a devotee of T&T products and an experienced businessman, Neville Orsmond will provide this in abundance and I wish him and all associated with Thomas & Thomas a happy and prosperous future.”
Neville Orsmond added, “I am honored to take ownership of this storied rod shop and excited about the possibilities for the future. I would like to thank Mark for allowing me considerable access to the business over the last three months. This has enabled us to work with the rest of the team at T&T to ensure this transition will be seamless for our customers and dealers. The opportunity to work within the fly fishing industry and with the devoted staff at Thomas & Thomas is a dream come true, and I’ll be giving it my all to ensure T&T stays at the top in terms of fly rod performance and craftsmanship.”
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