CENTRAL MN MADE: Improved Boat Anchor in Sauk Centre
SAUK CENTRE - One of the fastest selling boat anchors in the world is made by one man in Sauk Centre. Today (Tuesday) on our special news series "Made in Central Minnesota" we're featuring the Digger Anchor Company.
Donnie Lahr owns the business, and assembles the anchors in a pole building on his farm. He says the digger anchor holds boats better in high winds and strong currents.
He says it's one of the fastest selling anchors in the world, because it holds your boat in place under difficult conditions.
Lahr says he's sold his Digger Anchor in all 50 states and throughout Canada. The anchors have been sold as far away at Brazil. He can put the anchor together, from start to finish, in about three minutes. He makes about 7,500 a year. He then ships them to retailers like Cabela's, Mills Fleet Farm, and Scheels - as well as about 500 smaller businesses.
The new and improved anchor was invented by Dick Zetah of Sauk Rapids back in 1993. He sold the company to Lahr in 2000. Lahr says most people are surprised to learn about his business.
Lahr doesn't have any employees, but he does get a little help from family members. He says he has no interest in expanded his business by adding employees. But, he has added products, he's also selling a DNR approved boat plug, and an ice fishing line of products.