Backwater Paddle Company is a veteran owned paddle sport manufacturing business located in Central Florida. Ed Halm, owner and retired US Navy survival instructor, brought new ideas and concepts to the paddle sports market. These unique paddle designs have contributed to growth of the kayak angling, kayak hunting and paddle sport communities.
The patented “hook and teeth” blade design featured on the Assault Hand Paddle has demonstrated Ed’s intuitiveness in solving problems. As a navy survival instructor, failure was not an option in decision making. The patented blade design evolved out of physical necessity while on a paddling adventure.
To move the project forward, keeping the manufacturing here in the states was paramount to our company’s success. Many other paddle sport manufacturers have resourced their manufacturing overseas. Yes, as any savvy business should, we checked out the overseas option in our discovery phase of manufacturing. No matter how hard we looked at the overseas venues, we could not wrap our head around the fact that our paddles would be made outside the US.
As a military veteran, defending our country was what my life was about. Those who came before me, defenders of our freedom, now business owners and family men, deserved our manufacturing dollars. When all was said and done, having the paddles made here in the states is roughly the same price as overseas. Why then, give our business to economies outside our borders?
Having the “Made in the USA” label on our paddle products warrants the decisions our forefathers made in dedicating their lives to this country’s greatness. I respect their commitment, Backwater paddle Company respects their commitment, and our customers have respected the choices we had in our manufacturing decisions. We will always be “Made in the USA!”
As our company grows beyond the “one man band” stage, we will certainly enforce the philosophy of hiring veterans to work and grow with our business. The veterans defending us today are our future employees tomorrow. We thank you for your sacrifices today…promise, we will take care of you tomorrow.
Thank a veteran for your freedom!