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Shooting Industry February 2011 - Page 11
F Freedom Group Relocates Bushmaster Manufacturing reedom Group Inc. announced in December that it will close its Bushmaster Firearms International manufacturing facility located in Windham, Maine, on March 31, 2011. According to officials, manufacturing of Bushmaster products will be moved to other Freedom Group facilities. The announcement also notes that the move will have no impact on customers or the existing supply base. The company noted that all affected employees will be offered a comprehensive severance package, including outplacement services. “We are continuing to adjust our operations in order to remain competitive and to continue to grow. Given increasing costs and pricing pressures affecting the entire firearms industry, this action is clearly necessary and responsible,” said John B. Blystone, Freedom Group chairman. For more information, visit www.freedom-group.com. United Sporting Companies Expands Distribution U nited Sporting Companies (USC) announces the realignment of its distribution system to improve “growth and improve service to customers across the country.” The realignment impacts Ellett Brothers and Jerry’s Sport Center, including its subsidiaries, Bonitz Brothers, Outdoor Sport Headquarters, Simmons Gun Specialty and Jerry’s Northeast. The company will open new distribution centers in Pittston, Pa., and Reno, Nev. The Pittston distribution center will service customers formerly supported by Jerry’s Northeast in Newington, Conn.; Bonitz Brothers in Harrisburg, Pa.; and Jerry’s Sport Center in Forest City, Pa. The Reno facility will support all USC distribution centers shipping to the western United States. “Over the past six months, we have evaluated all aspects of our operations in order to realign our distribution footprint to support our growth, while providing our customers faster and better service across the country. These distribution centers will be equipped with the latest technology, allowing us to drive order accuracy, picking efficiency and speed of delivery,” said Hewitt Grant, USC CEO. USC will continue to operate its existing Jerry’s sales offices in Newington and Harrisburg, while moving the Forest City sales force to the Pittston location. Additionally, the company will establish a new sales office in California. “We continue to invest in our people and our company as we grow. This will create a win-win for both our customers and vendors who have supported us following the merger of Ellett Brothers and Jerry’s,” Hewitt said. For more information, visit www.ellettbrothers.com and www.jerryssportscenter.com. Command Arms Accessories Has New Owners I n mid-December, Tactical Arms Ltd. and EMA Tactical announced its owners, Eldad and Moshe Oz, had purchased the assets and business of Command Arms Accessories LLC (CAA). The announcement from Eldad Oz, company president, and Jay Portz, director of sales, reads, “We apologize for any inconvenience the liquidation process has caused you and we want to assure you, that now more than ever, we have a powerful company manufacturing the leading products in the weapon accessories and parts industry.” According to the announcement, all CAA products are now available through EMA Tactical and Command Arms Accessories LLC. In the short term, the company’s products will be branded with both the EMA and CAA logos. Eventually, all products will carry the CAA logo. “We are implementing an exciting and dynamic new marketing campaign to reinvigorate the CAA brand,” Oz and Portz said. For more information, visit www.commandarms.com and www.ematactical.com. www.shootingindustry.com FEBRUARY 2011 11