History Channel hit survival series 'Alone' features Iron Range saw
The Tuff Camp Saw is among the top sellers at Spring Creek Manufacturing.
MOUNTAIN IRON — As a manufacturer, seeing your company's product featured on your favorite television series is a true "made it" moment. At least that's what it felt like for Spring Creek Manufacturing owners, CEO Tom Sega and President Grant Sega.
Spring Creek Manufacturing, based in Mountain Iron, was founded in 1985 by Ted Newberg, a science teacher with a passion for the outdoors.
During Newberg's quest to find better ways to carry, haul, portage or propel his canoes came the design and launch of Spring Creek Manufacturing’s first product, the canoe seat/yoke. The product line continued to expand through innovative ideas from its customers.
"Being an outdoors family, we have always trusted and used Spring Creek Manufacturing equipment and gear. I had an idea for the ultimate camping saw that combined all the best features from others on the market, one that we could backpack and take up into the woods. We sought a local manufacturing company that would have the capacity to do it," Grant said.
After inquiring about a prototype with Spring Creek Manufacturing, the Segas learned that Newberg was interested in selling the company. Grant had just finished business school, and Tom has owned Duluth Pack for nearly 15 years. Duluth Pack was founded in 1882 and is the oldest canvas-and-leather bag and pack manufacturer in the country.
On July 1, 2017, Tom and Grant purchased Spring Creek Manufacturing. Their idea became reality when the Tuff Camp Saw launched in spring 2018. It is now among the top-selling outdoor-focused products at Spring Creek Manufacturing. The lightweight aluminum saw is just under 2 pounds and offers a compact design that folds for easy transport and assembly.
Cut out for survival
The History Channel's hit survival series “Alone” features 10 participants, each equipped with 10 items of their choosing. Season 9 survivalists were dropped into a remote wilderness valley in Labrador, Canada. While documenting their experiences with no camera crews, each participant must survive in total isolation — enduring hunger, loneliness, wild predators and the elements. The final contestant to outlast the others will claim the $500,000 prize.
The Segas said they were surprised and humbled to see "Alone" contestant Juan Pablo pull the 30-inch Tuff Camp Saw from a Duluth Pack case as one of his 10 chosen survival items . The saw was also featured on the show during the Season 9, Episode 8 that aired July 14, titled “Gut Feeling."
“I would describe 'Alone' as the Olympics of bush craft and outdoor survival," Grant said. "We are beyond thrilled that a contestant chose one of our high-quality items to be used in real survival situations and on such a well-respected show. It is validation for us and speaks to the quality of the camp saw and the overall spectrum of other products in our line. Its durability was put to the test and had the utmost confidence by an expert on the show."
According to Grant, the Tuff Camp Saw is survival worthy because it protects calories through minimum energy output with the maximum amount of stroke.
Spring Creek Manufacturing is continually conducting research, developing and prototyping to test new products and accessories. Many of the products are expansions of the canoe and kayak stabilizers from which the manufacturer originated. The company is working to meet the needs of the industrial truck and vehicle rack industry, Grant said.
"As manufacturers, we are always thinking forward. Customers are the smartest people we know. Being involved in a show that involves adventure is an ideal fit for our products and brand,” said Tom. “Having this opportunity is something we greatly cherish and are incredibly excited about not only as a company but for the local community.”