Hodgdon recently announced a new book, The Gunpowder People: The Official Authorized History of Hodgdon Powder Company.
Celebrating the 70th Anniversary of the company’s founding, the book covers the history of the Hodgdon family, the founding of the company in 1947, the key employees instrumental in building the company in the past seventy years and many other stories. Company founder Bruce “B.E” Hodgdon was born in 1910 and launched Hodgdon Powder Co. after serving in the military in World War II. Hearing how the U.S. government scrapped surplus gunpowder by the shipload after World War I, Hodgdon took out a loan against a life insurance policy in order to buy surplus 4895 gunpowder in 1947. With an ad in American Rifleman in January 1948, Hodgdon was selling powder to the handloading public.
Along with wife Amy and sons J.B. and Bob, Hodgdon built Hodgdon Powder Co. in Shawnee, Kansas into the quintessential American success story. Sons J.B. and Bob (and a long list of passionate Hodgdon employees) grew the company, establishing Pyrodex in 1976, purchasing competitor IMR in 2003, licensing Winchester Powder in 2005 and purchasing Goex Blackpowder in 2009.
“When one of our employees originally brought us the concept, we weren’t quite sure what to make of it,” said J.B. and Bob Hodgdon. “We mean, how can you write a book about your family’s experience?”
“The story of the Hodgdon family and the Hodgdon Powder Co. is the story of America,” said Steve Kehrwald, Hodgdon president and CEO. “We think it’s a story important to our customers and to our industry and we wanted to help the Hodgdons get the story out.”
This book is available immediately for $44.95 (includes shipping) on the new Hodgdon website at www.hodgdon.com/product/2017-gunpowder-people/