Firearms manufacturer Weatherby Inc. announced the relocation of its manufacturing operations and corporate headquarters to Sheridan, Wyoming from California. The announcement was made at the annual SHOT Show in Las Vegas.
The move is expected to create up to 90 jobs and generate more than $5 million in annual payroll in the next five years.
“We wanted a place where we could retain a great workforce, and where our employees could live an outdoor lifestyle,” said Adam Weatherby, CEO. “We wanted to move to a state where we can grow our brand. Wyoming means new opportunities. We are not interested in maintaining; we are growing.”
Outdoor recreation is an economic driver in Wyoming and manufacturing plays a vital role in any economy, according to Shawn Reese, CEO of the Wyoming Business Council. “To bring those two things together will pay dividends – this is a project of which the entire state should be proud,” Reese said.
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.”
Adam Weatherby cited Mead’s enthusiastic support and accessibility a major asset for a company operating in a highly regulated industry. 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 Big Horns and a mild climate,” Weatherby said. “Sheridan College, which is growing its manufacturing machine tool program, was also a deciding factor.
The importance of family is an underlying theme for Weatherby Inc. Founded in 1945 by Roy Weatherby, Adam Weatherby’s grandfather, the family owned and operated business has built a brand synonymous with quality craftsmanship.
“Our product is the main tool hunters use out in the 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 aspirational product; these are guns that are passed down from generation to generation.”