Bell Canoe Works makes a "smart" move

Guys, forget heaven, a little bit of it has landed right here on planet earth.

Guys, forget heaven, a little bit of it has landed right here on planet earth. Popular Science magazine set out to build the ultimate garage and partnered with various product manufacturers to make the dream a reality. Dubbed the Smart Garage, it's built using modular aluminum panels that snap together from Whirlpool Corp.'s Gladiator GarageWorks line. The two-story structure not only houses the standard fare of cars and tools, but boasts amenities like a loft with a lounge. No garage would be complete, though, without a few toys and Bell Canoe Works was among 30 manufacturers asked to supply product. Hanging front and center above the main door is Bell Canoe Works' Rob Roy. Bell's John Woodruff told SNEWS, "The structure and the organization units [from Whirlpool] are the big showcase items, but they wanted to fill the garage with the ultimate playtoys and showcase the cream of the crop." The Smart Garage is touring the country, hitting the Automotive Aftermarket Products Expo in Las Vegas Nov. 5-8 and the Mall of America in Minneapolis Nov. 16-17.



Smart Bells

The Smart Bell is a rather fascinating strength-training accessory. Forget the typical dumbbells of whatever shape or size that you hold in a hand. These are sculpted discs that curve oh-so-slightly resembling a dish or serving platter -- but prettier. About 12 inches by 15 more

ORC Industries agrees to acquire Bell Canoe Works

ORC Industries, a non-profit founded in 1966 that provides employment opportunities and social services to people with disabilities, has agreed to acquire Bell Canoe Works for an undisclosed sum. Ted Bell, founder and president of Bell Canoe, told SNEWS® that he will be staying more

Did you hear?... John Woodruff accepts a position with Bell Canoe Works,

John Woodruff, most recently with Dagger, has accepted a position with the Bell Canoe Works, the Zimmerman, Minn. canoe manufacturer. "John will be joining the staff of Bell in mid-February to assume the responsibilities of marketing and Midwest sales," Craig Johnson, sales more

Did you hear?... Chris Hipgrave to join Bell Canoe Works

Chris Hipgrave, formerly of Watermark Sports, will be joining Bell Canoe Works as the company's Southeast sales rep effective July 1. Hipgrave is an accomplished paddler, and represented Dagger and Watermark Sports for nearly seven years. He is a member of the U.S. Wildwater more

Did you hear?... Bell Canoe Works forms alliance with John Callaghan

Bell Canoe Works told SNEWS® that the company recently formed an alliance with Florida paddle fishing guru John Callaghan. In conjunction with Canoe Escape of Thonotosassa FL, Bell Team Fishing is outfitted with a specially rigged BackWater canoe with swivel Seats. According to more

Did you hear?... Andy Smith adds Bell Canoe Works and Liquid Logic to his roster

Independent paddlesports industry rep Andy Smith announced he has added Bell Canoe Works and Liquid Logicto his growing roster of paddlesports companies. Smith's territory includes western portions of Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Virginia as well as West Virginia, Kentucky, Ohio, more

Retailers hopeful for stability as Bell Canoe replaces sales managers, production manager

In August, three employees departed Bell Canoe, including sales managers Bryan Kuhn and Bryan Tomczak, and production manager Dave Kruger. Patty Bakalars was named as the new Bell Canoe sales manager, and Rick Bury has replaced Kruger as production manager. Bakalars told SNEWS® more

Bell Canoe announces "Dealer of the Year" as Piragis

Bell Canoe Works announced that Piragis Northwoods Co. of Ely, Minn., is the latest recipient of the fifth annual "Dealer of the Year" Award. The award is presented each year to the dealer that best represents the criteria set forth by the staff and representatives of Bell Canoe more

Did you hear?... David Carty joins the Bell Canoe team

David Carty has joined the Bell Canoe team as the new driver to deliver canoes to the company’s network of specialty dealers across the United States. "Some people think it’s strange we make such a big deal about our drivers," says Ted Bell, the company’s president, "However, our more