Like every good story, the history of Innovative Reel Technologies® started with an American dream and a deep passion for success. Since he was a young boy, Greg Header has always been drawn to the outdoors. From memories of fishing with sticks and string near Blue Marsh Lake in Berks County, PA, to vacationing in Maryland for catfish, the call of the open air has always reeled him in. So while his business, Solar Innovations®, began to expand and take off, fishing always remained in his mind. In 2005, a local fishing reel company closed their doors for the last time in Hegins, PA, and like many other American companies, began outsourcing more parts and production overseas. Employees were disheartened about losing their jobs in an industry they were so passionate about, so when Greg heard this, the reels began to spin—what if there could be a completely American-made fishing reel in the market? After countless hours of brainstorming, collaborating with the past experiences of our new team members, and leveraging knowledge and experience gained from building Solar Innovations®, the idea of IRT® was born. By 2006, IRT® received its first patent for the Spin Power Grip™ and by 2007, IRT® was officially launched. While other companies moved or outsourced their parts and products, IRT® proudly kept engineering, development, and manufacturing right here in the USA. In addition, we developed our unique patented extrusion method of creating our reels, creating a better and more reliable product for our customers. The fishing industry is a rapidly changing environment and IRT® wants to lead the way. For over ten years, IRT® has worked on development and patents to make some of the best fishing reels in the industry, and our team continuously tests and retests the products to make sure they are the best. At the heart of IRT®, the goal was always to create a unique and efficient fishing reel that could be customized with the fishermen in mind. We realized that each reel, rod, and piece of tackle had the potential to hold memories of monumental catches and great days spent with family and friends, so we aimed to make a reel that was built to last a lifetime. During the initial creation process, IRT® hooked onto this idea, truly wanting to bring customers a durable reel for sport and hobby fishermen alike. Every day, the IRT® team continues to show a devoted commitment to making a product that will bring forth a lifetime of memories. Our team members, Pro Staff, and customers are all a part of the IRT® family, so we are constantly listening to their wants and needs to further improve our products. The IRT® process is all about the journey and continuing to build a partnership with our customers. As a result, IRT® has been built on listening to the anglers that work directly in the field. Our staff are some of the most dedicated individuals to ever work in the industry and it shows by the quality of the products that we produce. Our all-American made reels are sure to give you a one-of-a-kind fishing machine to help you catch that “fish of a lifetime.” Created from our patented precision manufacturing, our aluminum spinning reels are one of the best on the market today. Since the first reel was sold in 2011, IRT® has been pushing forward to consistently provide the best products to our customers. Our mission has always been to listen to our customers and infuse the fishing reel industry with fresh new ideas, help consumers think outside of the box, and to produce top quality fishing products using all-American ingenuity. Our story is part of who we are as a company and we take pride in our humble beginnings and will continue to work every day to be the best that we can be.