Hal Brown Company is a family owned and operated fishing tackle wholesaler that has been in business selling to independent fishing tackle stores since 1955. Specializing in fishing tackle goods, ice fishing equipment, boating accessories and outdoor accessories, Hal Brown Company is known for its friendly employees and superior customer service.
Located on the shoreline, in Branford, Connecticut, Hal Brown Company is directly accessible from I-95. It’s 36,000 square-foot building holds the warehouse as well as adjoining company offices.
Hal Brown Company holds accounts mainly on the east cost ranging from Maine to North Carolina, but also ships to other parts of the country.
Each year Hal Brown Company holds three dealer shows for its customers to see new merchandise for the upcoming year. It’s largest show, located at the Branford warehouse, is a two-day show in early November that is open to all customers. Two smaller one-day shows, located in New Hampshire and Maryland, are offered to northern and southern dealers who were unable to make it to the large show.
Hal Brown Company also publishes two catalogs per year. The main catalog, with the full Hal Brown Company merchandise, is published in January of each year, and a smaller fall/winter merchandise catalog is published in August.
Founded in 1955, by Hal Brown, the company has come a long way since its early days as a one-man business headquartered in Hal’s garage. Notorious for his eel-skins, Hal began the business as a bait wholesaler in the early 1950′s, which later developed into a fishing tackle wholesaler when he began making his own fishing lures and buying stock from manufacturers.
The company continued to run out of Hal Brown’s garage until the early 1970′s when they began renting warehouse space at the old Marlin Firearms Factory in in New Haven, CT. The company was still small in 1971 when Hal retired at the age of 65 and handed the reins over to his son, Art. At this time, under Art’s management, the business quickly grew out of the space and required a larger warehouse.
In 1983 Art purchased a plot of land right off of Interstate 95 in Branford, CT and began building the company’s 32,000 square-foot warehouse and adjoining offices. The entire staff, including Art’s son Bob Brown, and nephew Karl Johnson, pitched in with the building efforts. A year later, the warehouse was up and running.
Over the years, Hal Brown Company has become set apart from other fishing tackle wholesalers by its special attention to independent retailers, traditional business practices, dependable salesmen and knowledge of local fishing behaviors.
Today, the company continues to remain in the family and has now spanned over four generations. Bob Brown, the company’s president, Karl Johnson, the company’s buyer, and Chris Brown, Bob’s son, and Art’s grandson, the company’s vice-president, keep the business running. Art Brown, although retired from the company, still returns in the summer months to help out around the office.
Hal Brown Company
16 East Industrial Road
Branford, CT 06405
Hal Brown Company is a family owned and operated fishing tackle wholesaler that has been in business selling to independent fishing tackle stores since 1955. Specializing in fishing tackle goods, ice fishing apparel, boating accessories and outdoor accessories, Hal Brown Company is known for its friendly employees and superior customer service.
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