This is from an unnamed source that interviewed the owner Logan Rackliff.
Interviewer: "How did you start The Rope Company?"
Logan: "I started the company with my wife Hannah in 2013. It was the start of the second year after I’d graduated college with major in Construction Management Engineering. After figuring out I didn’t enjoy the employment that comes with my degree I went back to what I knew best which was working the ocean water as a lobsteman in my home town of Spruce Head, Maine. I had never really stopped, I went on weekends and during the summer all through college. Even though I’m thankful for lobstering I still had the entrepreneurial spirit in my family genes, growing up with my dad and grandfather was inspiring and I wanted to get something else going.
I’m a 5th generation lobsterman on my dad’s side, but on my mom’s side I’m a 4th generation rope maker. My grandfather started making rope in 1957 after his lace business his father had brought over from England was phased out by manufacturing techniques and changing fashion trends. His rope company was the largest in the country in the late 1980s and early 90s until he sold it in 1995. Before he sold the company, he had started making these rope doormats. My dad started his own rope company in 1998 with the help and knowledge from his father in-law and it is still running today, which is where we get all of our rope for our products and why we have such control of the quality and colors we use. My grandfather encouraged me to start a business by making these rope doormats, it was such a good opportunity where my father makes rope! My sternman (deckhand on boat) and I made mats all winter trying many different colors and sizes and stocked up for the spring. I started going on cold call sales trips that spring and the rest is history!
My wife Hannah does most of the designing and developing of our products and our overall look making. This makes me the proudest and luckiest husband ever, I am so thankful for her! I’d say she and I are mostly inspired by the feelings and memories you get when you come to Maine, and especially Maine’s coast. If you live or spend any time here at all you know it is truly an amazing place and experience. We combined the true feeling of the Simple Maine Life for the local people and also the beauty of the natural landscape that god has provided, with the beautiful styles we spot in home and fashion industries. We integrate Maine tradition and beauty with modern and in-style type products. We make sure that we set ourselves apart in a few different categories: Originality, Beauty, Quality, Usefulness, Durability and Honesty. Honesty may seem out of place when talking about developing product lines but it plays a huge part in many different areas."
Interviewer: "Where are you products made?"
Logan: "All our products are made by hand here in Maine and include some rope that was made here within the family. The doormats, bins and placemats are woven on a jig by hand and everything is assembled by hand in Maine as well."
Interviewer: "What type of products do you offer?
Logan: "Doormats, Bins, Magazine Rack, Placemats and keychains. Many more coming soon. We keep things fresh, we have a million ideas and are attacking them one at a time."
Interviewer: "Your products look like they're treated with something and a lifetime warranty might lead someone to believe that as well?"
Logan: "There are no chemicals used when we make our rope. We get our resin here in America where we then extrude (melt down) the resin where it is combined with colored resin. The resin comes out as many small ends that look like fishing line. They are then collected and twisted many different times on different machines until made into the appropriate size and style rope. The polypropylene and polyethylene is naturally resistant to water so nothing molds or mildews. This is the same rope the lobsterman use so it is rugged enough to take many years of us where it gets beat up in the Atlantic Ocean storm after storm so our products are naturally durable."