The original Mepps spinner was invented by French engineer Andre Meulnart in 1938 and it wasn't long before he realized it was an extremely effective fishing lure. Although Meulnart invented the lure, it was American Todd Sheldon, who in 1951 discovered the spinner and made Mepps the household name it is today. In 1956, Sheldon sold his tackle store in Antigo, Wisconsin and formed Sheldons' Inc. to focus his attention on importing Mepps lures from France. Today, Mepps is owned by Sheldons' Inc. and run buy Todd Sheldon’s son Mike. The company currently manufactures more than four-thousand different spinners and spoons.