What's the story with Newell?
Posted February 15 2012 - 9:58 PM
Posted February 15 2012 - 10:09 PM
The Newell reels are now being made by Valley Manufacturing in Sun Valley, CA. You can still deal with Norma Cortez (who used to work for Newell and took care of the parts orders) she now works for Valley. The number is 818-504-6085 and fax # 818-504-6125
Posted February 16 2012 - 9:13 AM
Posted February 16 2012 - 3:45 PM
Posted February 16 2012 - 3:47 PM
Caution - while we have been proud to represent Newell for many years, the firm changed hands after Carl's passing. The new owner has great plans for the future of this well respected firm, however we have experienced significant delays with respect to filling of orders. At the present time we have NO reels in stock, with no firm answer from the factory about when we might see more arrive - the last answer we received was that it would be two months before ANY PRODUCT would be produced. (SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER...it is now January as of this writing and no new stock has been produced.)
Posted February 16 2012 - 5:48 PM
Hopefully, things get settled sooner than later and Valley Manufacturing can get back to the business of making and selling reels.
Posted February 16 2012 - 7:12 PM
Carl never made any money on the reels. They were almost a hobby business; the aerospace industry is where he made his real living.
Posted February 16 2012 - 8:23 PM
Posted February 16 2012 - 8:55 PM
I'll take God and guns, you can keep Obama.
Posted February 17 2012 - 7:24 AM
At what point do they become collector items?
Plain old newells? - maybe in a 100 years. They made a ton of them. There were a few limited runs the past few years, they might be worth something some day.
Posted February 17 2012 - 7:48 AM
Posted February 17 2012 - 1:43 PM
I am advised that all machinery, jigs, etc., are boxed and the business will probably be sold. And my guess is that future Newells, if any, will be made in China.
Ugh...not what I wanted to hear.
I must have at least 8 Newells that I use regularly. I might need to think twice about abusing them since parts are beginning to get scarce.