Catawba Cricket Hatchery Inc.
"We supply everything but the water!"
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Founder Grady Norton with his great-granddaughter Callie.
Celebrating Our 68-Year Anniversary in 2020
Catawba Cricket Hatchery began in 1952 as a small operation in the backyard of founders Grady and Willie Norton in Charlotte, North Carolina. During the early days - working side by side - the couple oversaw all aspects of the business. They did everything from raising and distributing the live bait (crickets and worms) to managing the financial and business operations.
As business increased they purchased a temporary site in the small neighboring town of Shuffletown, North Carolina. In 1962 the couple purchased a location off of Rozzelle's Ferry Road in West Charlotte to accommodate the continued growth. With four additions to the original building, including minnow sheds, refrigeration buildings, and a new office building, this site has proven to be an excellent choice and continues to serve as the current business location.
Over the years the family continued to expand their product offerings from crickets and worms to a larger variety of live bait, as well as fishing tackle and boat accessories to service the fishing community.
Currently the business is under second-generation ownership, having been passed down to two of their sons. Grady however continues to be actively involved.
Rick and Ron are proud to carry on their parents' legacy and continue to grow the business by expanding their market region using their mobile display trucks as well as on-boarding technology equipment to better service their clients.
The owners and staff extend a sincere and heartfelt "Thank you!" to our loyal customers for helping accomplish this 68-year milestone.
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