Montrose wants a piece of Colorado’s $62.5 billion outdoor recreation economy with new 150-acre business campus
Credit: Jason Blevins, Colorado Sun
MONTROSE — Cynthia Lively is making $300 stainless steel pliers. She’s also buffing the burrs off freshly forged $1,500 fly-fishing reels. And she’s spinning out tiny $6 reel caps. She dances between an array of Haas automated milling, boring, cutting, drilling and tapering machines that sculpt high-end Abel and Ross Reel fly-fishing equipment with aeronautical precision.
“In April, I’ll have been doing this for 22 years,” says the machinist, inserting a block of stainless steel into truck-sized machine. “So much work, but so much fun.”
David Dragoo, the president of Mayfly Outdoors, which married California-based Abel and Montrose-based Ross Reels in 2016, calls Lively “the mayor of the machine shop.”
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