It’s hard to imagine that what began as a humble bow company with only two employees has grown into the largest bow manufacturer in the world. However, that is exactly what Mathews Archery Inc. has done. Although the road to where they are today hasn’t been easy, the philosophy, passion, and principles behind the Mathews Archery brand has helped shape a once unknown into perhaps the most recognizable name in the bow industry, all in just 21 short years. Mathews Inc. is also the only bow company to ever make Inc.’s Top 500 list of fastest growing companies (1998 and 1999). In 2010, they produced their 1 millionth bow. Today, thanks to a recent 56,000 sq. ft. expansion, the Mathews Archery headquarters has swollen to over 200,000 sq. ft. of manufacturing power.
Using state of the art equipment, Mathews handles all aspects of its bows. This includes research, development, manufacturing, finishing, and lifetime-warranty service. This vertical integration leads to faster bow production, stricter standards, flexibility, and quality control. The result is a bow and a shooting experience unlike any other on the market.
Mathews Inc. founder, Matt McPherson, began building bows at a very young age. His passion actually came as a result of his mother’s unwillingness to allow guns in the home as a means of hunting. Therefore if Matt was going to hunt, then he had to do it with archery equipment. Matt was approximately 6 years old when he made his first stick bow and 13 years old when he made his first compound. In 1973 he submitted the first published recurve compound bow ever, which appeared in the December issue of Bowhunter Magazine.
Matt McPherson started making recurve and compound bows beginning in the 1970’s. After many years and various cam designs McPherson decided to take one of his newest innovations, the Inner Cam and start McPherson Archery. The McPherson Brand paved the way for the High Let-off Revolution. Bows were taken from an average of 50% let-off to a remarkable 75%, making it easier for archers to draw and hold more weight. The company was later sold in 1989. This decision eventually led to the most innovative cam design in archery history and what is known today as the largest bow manufacturer in the world — Mathews Inc.
In 1992 Matt McPherson took his idea for a new cam design and started Mathews Inc. This small company was born in Austin, Minnesota with just two employees — Matt and Joel Maxfield. McPherson had one major advantage that set Mathews apart from other bow companies — the single cam. His design for single cam technology, the SOLOCAM®, made Mathews bows lighter, faster, quieter, and powerfully accurate, thus revolutionizing the archery industry and how many thought a bow should function and perform. The Solocam was touted as the greatest innovation of the 90’s by a great deal of industry insiders.