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Shooting Industry December 2010 - Page 22

Industry news Springfield Police Select S&W M&P S mith & Wesson announces that the Springfield, Mass., Police Department has chosen to equip its officers with the Military & Police (M&P) Pistol Series. The Springfield PD has received 580 M&P40 pistols. “Throughout history, Smith & Wesson and the Springfield Police Department have enjoyed a long-standing partnership,” said Leland Nichols, S&W vice president of sales. “It is with great pride that we continue to build that relationship today. We look forward to working closely with the men and women of the Springfield PD, as together we remain focused on exploring new and innovative ways to best assist the citizens of our great community and state.” Visit www.smith-wesson.com. BLACKHAWK! Selects International Reps LACKHAWK! Products Group has selected Prima Vista International of Coconut Creek, Fla., to represent its products throughout Latin America and the Caribbean. Prima Vista will assist in market and channel analysis, marketing of products, account support, sales management and product training for BLACKHAWK!’s business partners throughout the region. “With a fairly lean international sales staff in Norfolk, these reps are, in fact, extensions of the BLACKHAWK! staff, who can go out and work directly with the customers in their own country,” said Tom O’Sullivan, ATK Tactical Systems director of international business. Prima Vista’s executive vice president, Sean Rosario, will head the rep team. He is a former Navy SEAL, and an established businessman in the U.S. and Latin America. The company’s primary field rep is Lazaro Corrales, also a former SEAL, and a combat veteran with BLACKHAWK! products field experience. BLACKHAWK! also announces the assignment of Brenda Herron as inside customer service rep for Latin America and the Caribbean. For more information, visit www.BLACKHAWK.com or call 1-800-694-5263. B N.D. Leaders Stress Economic Impact A broad-based group of more than 40 local and regional leaders representing North Dakota’s outdoor and sporting industries has launched the Hunting Works for North Dakota (HWFND) partnership. Stressing the major impact hunting has on North Dakota’s economy, the organization pointed to sportsmen and -women as key drivers of in-state commerce. “As a grassroots organization, we are going to help explain the key role that hunting plays in both the heritage and economic health of North Dakota,” said Todd Jacobson, co-chairman of HWFND and owner of Sunlac Inn in Lakota. According to the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation, each year 139,000 people hunt in North Dakota, spending in excess of $100 million dollars on lodging, food, gas and gear, while paying more than $10.5 million in state taxes. “Many people don’t understand the cause-and-effect relationship hunting has on North Dakota’s economy,” said Rudie Martinson, executive director of the North Dakota Hospitality Association. For more information, visit www.huntingworksfornd.com. 22 Read SI DIGITAL www.shootingindustry.com • NEW BUSINESS YEAR SUPER ISSUE 2011

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