Fisherman Creations: Jobs Boom at American Christmas Tree Manufacturer

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A unique U.S. Christmas tree maker transforms fishing community with geometric sales increases, resulting in higher local employment; exceeding expectations once again in 2012.

Crab Pot Trees are available in a wide variety of colors and sizes

Crab Pot Trees® are not a household name yet, but are well on their way to making their presence well known across the United States according to Don Acree, President of Fisherman Creations, Inc.; which produces them in the tiny fishing village of Smyrna, NC.

"This year we have already exceed 2012's production by 50% + making over 16,000 hand crafted trees," Acree said. That's an eye-opening jump in sales from the 2,000 trees that went out of the door in 2008.

As a result, growth in sales for this small-town USA manufacturer means more than just an increase in the bottom line. More trees sold means more hours employees can work to earn more pay. That also means that the company has to hire even more workers to create these unique decorations. The company employs local workers – including former fishermen and their extended families who each carefully hand- craft the trees. Since 2008 Fishermen Creations has continually expanded its workforce. Crab Pot Trees® are now sold at retailers in over 40 states at independent hardware stores, garden centers, florists and more. The delightfully unique trees are also carried by online retailers such as Amazon,, and

A Crab Pot Tree® is pre-lit and made from PVC coated crab trap wire. Each tree leaves the shop folded flat in a small triangular box and expands to more than 10 times its size. When the Christmas Season is over, it can be easily folded back and placed into the box for compact storage- a unique and patented feature that has also contributed to its success.

The patent is owned by Neal "Nicky" Harvey, living just down the road from the shop.. As a crab trap maker himself, Harvey was impacted by the decline of the U.S. crabbing industry's ability to compete with cheap imports. He first set out to make a weatherproof Christmas tree from the PVC crab trap wire. Then he had the idea to make it collapsible. That's when he approached the U.S. Patent Office and ultimately received his patent.

In early 2009, Mr. Harvey licensed the manufacturing and distribution rights to Fisherman Creations. The rest is an American success story which continues to acquire a growing portion of the $450 billion Christmas market .
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Fisherman Creations, Inc was established in 2009 as a manufacturer of Christmas decor, specifically of the patented technology of Harvey and Sons of Davis, NC. The primary operations of the company revolve around U.S. production of Christmas decor. For more information on Christmas Creations, Inc. contact info(at)crabpottrees(dot)com

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