Timeline

1926

Rome Specialty Company was incorporated under New York State Laws.  The principal products were sport and commercial fishing swivels and snaps.  Gradually over the years other items were added such as nets, gaff hooks, and a complete line of inexpensive fly and casting reels.

1933

To broaden the line, Rome Specialty Co. purchased the Knight Archery Company, a local manufacturer of bows and arrows.

1942

The Rome Sporting Goods Company was purchased.  This company specialized in the fabrication of leather products, some of the product line included archery accessories such as quivers, armguards, and shooting gloves.  They also produced a quality line of fishing aides such as wading sandals, surf rod spikes, and deep sea fishing equipment.

1951

The Pix Company (a wire-forming firm that made barrel swivels) of Newark, NJ was purchased and located in Forestport, NY.

1957

Sampo, Inc., a California company devoted to producing ball bearing fishing
swivels, was acquired.  After the acquisition, Sampo, Inc. relocated to Barneveld, NY.

1958

Nassau Tackle Company, Inc. was purchased.  The principal customer of this corporation was the Sears Roebuck Company.

1968

A division of Art Wire and Stamping Company was purchased.

1970

Part of the Art Wire Fishing Department from New Jersey was purchased.

1971

DeWitt Plastic was acquired.

1975

Fenwick/Sevenstrand, Leader Division was added.

1996

Rome Specialty Company (ROSCO) and SAMPO separated.

1998

Various snap machines and tooling were purchased from the Berkley Company.

Present

We continue to make fish stories come true by producing the world’s best terminal tackle.

Quality American-Made Tackle Since 1926

Rome Specialty Company, Inc., 501 W. Embargo St., Rome, NY 13442-0109

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