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Castanea Partners invests in Simms Fishing Products

Castanea Partners has made an investment in Simms Fishing Products, headquartered in Bozeman, Montana.

Founded in 1980 and acquired in 1993 by KC Walsh, its current owner and President, Simms offers a comprehensive line of high-performance fishing apparel, footwear, and gear. Its premium fishing waders are produced domestically at Simms’ manufacturing facility in Bozeman. The company’s products, used by over 6,000 Simms-sponsored fishing professionals globally, are distributed through specialty retail stores both domestically and internationally, and directly to consumers through
“Simms is singularly focused on delivering the most technically sound products to ensure that anglers of all types enjoy their best days on the water,” says Tim Burke, a partner at Castanea. “They are seen as an authority on fabric, performance, durability, and comfort. Simms’ brand is synonymous with quality. We look forward to working with K.C. and his team to build upon their success and to continue providing world-class products and services to their loyal and passionate group of customers.”
“When we decided to look for a partner to help us thoughtfully expand the Simms brand to the next level, we valued operational expertise as highly as financial capability,” adds Walsh. “Castanea offered exactly what we were looking for in this respect, as their team has deep retail and operational expertise and a strong track record of building successful consumer packaged goods and apparel brands. Castanea also understands and respects the importance of our retail partners to the future development of our company. They will be a great partner to Simms and our industry.”

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