Friday, January 26, 2018

Thanks California! - Weatherby Relocates to Wyoming

In case you haven't heard, Weatherby, currently located in Paso Robles, CA, is moving to a more firearm friendly state. Good for Weatherby in making the call to get out of here and prosper. Thanks again to our California government for pushing out another business. This state is going downhill fast. 

Read the press release below for full details.

Press Release from Weatherby (Jan. 23, 2018): Firearms manufacturer Weatherby, Inc., is relocating its manufacturing operations and corporate headquarters from California to Sheridan, Wyoming, company officials announced today from SHOT Show in Las Vegas, the world’s largest annual shooting, hunting and firearms industry trade show.

The move is expected to create 70 to 90 jobs and more than $5 million annually in payroll in the next five years.

Outdoor recreation is an economic driver in Wyoming, and manufacturing plays a vital role in any economy, according to Shawn Reese, chief executive officer of the Wyoming Business Council.

“So, to bring those two things together – an internationally-known manufacturer of outdoor equipment headquartered in Wyoming – it will pay dividends, not only to Sheridan and northeast Wyoming, but this is a project of which the entire state should be proud,” Reese said.

Wyoming wooed the renowned gunmaker with its expansive access to unrivaled big game hunting, low taxes, industry-friendly environment, Sheridan College’s workforce training program and a comprehensive incentives package.

“We wanted a place where we could retain a great workforce, and where our employees could live an outdoor lifestyle,” said Adam Weatherby, chief executive officer. “We wanted to move to a state where we can grow into our brand. Wyoming means new opportunities. We are not interested in maintaining; we are growing.”

Governor Matt Mead and the Wyoming Business Council, the state’s economic development agency, began recruiting Weatherby a year ago.

“Wyoming is a great place to do business and is excited to welcome Weatherby to Sheridan,” Mead said. “For over 70 years, Weatherby has been an innovator in firearms design and manufacturing. The company will add to our manufacturing base and fit well with our diversification objectives.

“I thank the Wyoming Business Council, the Sheridan Economic and Education Development Authority, and all who helped bring Weatherby, Inc. to Wyoming.”

Weatherby called Mead’s enthusiastic support and accessibility a major asset for a company operating in a highly-regulated industry.

“From the get go, when we met the governor, he said, ‘Here’s my number, shoot me a text any time,’” Weatherby said. “He responds to our needs quickly, and it shows a business like ours is important to Wyoming and that it’s a big deal here.”

Business Council staff took Weatherby officials on tours of potential sites for their facility around the state following the initial conversations.

Sheridan stood out to Weatherby executives because of its access to both the outdoors and a skilled workforce.

“There are a lot of great places in Wyoming, but Sheridan stood out as a New West community that’s progressive and growing, with a vibrant downtown in the shadow of the Bighorns and a mild climate,” Weatherby said. “Sheridan College, which is growing its manufacturing and machine tool program, was also a deciding factor.”

Sheridan College President Dr. Paul Young called Weatherby’s recruitment an example of the work it will take to diversify Wyoming’s economy.

“This is the direct result of years and years of visioning, planning and strategically investing in the things that matter for the future of our region,” Young said. “With the help of Whitney Benefits and others, we have been strengthening and growing our technical programs for this very reason, and we will continue to provide opportunities for students to learn valuable skills to secure a solid future.”

The Business Council worked with the Sheridan Economic and Education Development Authority (SEEDA) Joint Powers board to develop a $12.6 million grant package. SEEDA committed $2,283,074 in local match funds, of which $322,874 is cash. The other $1,960,200 is in-kind match for Lot 1 in the Sheridan High-Tech Business Park. The joint powers board will use the money to build a 100,000 square-foot building in the Sheridan High-Tech Business Park. SEEDA will own the facility and lease it to Weatherby.

Weatherby will invest an estimated $2 million in relocation expenses and cover all capital investment in the building and lot over the life of the 20-year lease, which is expected to be well over $4 million.

“We’re extremely excited to have this internationally recognized company choose Sheridan as their new corporate headquarters,” Sheridan Mayor Roger Miller said. “This relocation will translate to more skilled manufacturing jobs, an increased tax base and important economic diversification for our community and the region.”

Founded in 1945 by Adam Weatherby’s grandfather, Roy Weatherby, the family-owned and operated business has built a brand synonymous with quality craftmanship, a superior fit and finish and ballistic superiority.

The importance of family underlies much of Weatherby’s ethos.

“Our product is the main tool hunters use out in field. They may spend a lifetime trying to draw a tag or save for the hunt of their dreams, and we keep that foremost in our minds when we are building our guns,” Weatherby said. “This is an aspiration product; these are guns that are passed down from generation to generation.”

Friday, January 19, 2018

Birthday Celebration, Anteris Alliance Try & Buy, and SHOT Show 2018

Today I celebrate my birth and my life. In my 43 years, I would never have guessed that I would be more grateful to be alive as I am right now. After the October 1st massacre, I have learned a few things about myself, my family, and the world. I try not to take things for granted like I did (we all fall short), and I get up each day with a vigor to learn and soak up as much as I can. I get to enjoy waking up next to my wife every day, conversing with her, and loving her. I am privileged to be allowed to wake my daughter up for school, talk with her each morning and drive her to school. I am a very blessed man, so yeah, Happy Birthday to me!

I have been asked if my life and death experience in Las Vegas would change my view on firearms. Not on firearms themselves, no. I am still a firm 2A supporter and I love my weapons. They are fun to shoot and to hunt with. Hunting is my major passion and utilizing firearms is one piece to that puzzle. I think we have to do a better job of managing the purchase process, but I haven't the first clue on how to do it. I am always open to discussion on the topic, but understand that we may or may not agree, but we can still be friends.

This time last year, I was planning to attend my very first Anteris Alliance Try & Buy followed by SHOT Show. I had no idea what to expect at the Try & Buy and I had no expectations. For it's inaugural year, they did a great job! Now that 2018 is here and the Try & Buy is only two days away, I am seriously pumped. It is slated to be even bigger than last year. There will be more vendors, attendees, celebrities and more things to try out. Plus a little after party to cap off the day.

For my birthday, my wife wanted to know what I wanted. I told her 'to be able to go to SHOT Show and see all the new gear', talk to my friends in the industry, and get to shoot the different firearms. My blog has suffered a bit since 10/1/17 and I am really looking forward to some new content to share with you all. My main focus will be on hunting while I am there. Firearms to hunt with, ammunition, reloading, and components. I am eager to hear what the attending media thinks of some of the gear I have seen in press releases.

For those who are attending SHOT Show, here is my rough schedule on where I will be at certain times in case you want to meet up and chat. I'd love to meet you guys and grab a picture!

Monday – Industry Day at the Range – Boulder City Rifle and Pistol Club

I'll be walking around here all day trying out new bolt-action rifles, crossbows and I have only one interview.

Tuesday – SHOT Show Floor

I have many places I want to visit in the morning. Many of them reloading companies.

Wednesday – SHOT Show Floor

I'll be heading back home on Wednesday afternoon, so if you want to meet up, don't hesitate to message me on FB, email me or call!

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Anteris Alliance Try & Buy 2018

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

2018 Goals & Objectives for the SoCal Bowhunter

It has been a few years since I last posted some goals for myself or the status of the blog. That being said, where did 2017 go? Let's recap, shall we? The first 3/4 of the year flew by and the last 1/4 dragged a bit. I went to the first Anteris Alliance Try & Buy, attended SHOT Show for the first time and was added to the Bass Pro Shops Redhead Pro Staff. I also didn't post articles nearly enough and that weighed heavily on me this year. I focused more on my family more than hunting. My wife and I were at Route 91 in Vegas and had to run for our lives. I gained a great deal of weight and lost any desire to workout for many reasons. I lost my grandmother right before Christmas. Am I feeling sorry for myself? Nah, just stating facts and kicking 2017 to the curb.

Here are my 2018 Goals & Objectives for the SoCal Bowhunter:

  1. Write more than last year, and video more hunts and gear reviews. While people like to read, they enjoy videos more and more. I may add another publication or two to my writing list.
  2. Set up my reloading bench and get started reloading my own ammo at home.
  3. Offer some more hunting seminars at Bass Pro Shops in Rancho Cucamonga, CA and hopefully get some of the attendees out in the woods!
  4. Go to some fundraisers and game dinners. It's been nearly a decade since my last one.
  5. Practice much more with my bow. 2017 wasn't as fruitful as I would have hoped and I know my practice regimen was lacking.
  6. Get more sleep and workout like I would hunt. No excuses.
  7. Make more jerky! Is there such thing as too much jerky? I think not!
  8. Set up a 3D target day with my friends. I know a few guys who are eager to make this happen.
  9. Introduce a few more people to bowhunting and get them out hunting!
  10. Bow hunt for elk - either in Colorado or Idaho. Training started today as I am very much out of shape and really need to focus if I plan to hunt above 10,000 feet.
  11. Plan a hunt in Utah or Arizona! I'm not getting any younger.
  12. Bow hunt in New York with my family for whitetail deer.
  13. Put more trail cameras out and do more scouting!
There are a few changes coming from me that involve the blog, writing, and how I see things in 2018. I'll be sharing more as time progresses. Have you set any goals for 2018? If so, please share! I'd love to hear some of yours and wish you all a great 2018.