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Governor welcomes firearm accessory manufacturer

Submitted by Newsroom on May 3, 2013 – 1:12 pmNo Comment

PRESS RELEASE from the Office of Gov. Matt Mead

CHEYENNE, Wyo. –  HiViz Shooting Systems, which manufactures sights, recoil pads and other shooting accessories has announced it is moving its core operations to Laramie. Governor Matt Mead congratulated HiViz and welcomed the company to Wyoming.

HiViz Chief Executive Officer, Phil Howe, who started and has operated the company for more than 16 years said HiViz will relocate to the Laramie River Business Park II. The move from Fort Collins, Colorado will occur over a period of time to ensure uninterrupted service to existing HiViz customers. HiViz is working with the City of Laramie and the State of Wyoming on building plans. Construction could begin as soon as this summer.

“We are happy to welcome HiViz to Wyoming. Our culture and people make Wyoming a great fit for the company. I thank Phil Howe and all of the employees of HiViz for choosing Wyoming as their next home,” Governor Mead said. “I believe this state has so much to offer all citizens and businesses, but moving is never easy. I want to assure HiViz and its customers that we will work diligently to make sure this transition is a smooth one.”

According to Howe, HiViz leadership selected Laramie because of its strong support of shooting sports manufacturing and supply chain industries and also because of its close proximity to the present HiViz facility. This proximity provides existing employees the opportunity for a manageable commute while they evaluate relocation options.

Howe said the company also considered Wyoming’s many advantages for business, including tax structure, resources from the University of Wyoming, favorable location, proximity to market and lifestyle.

Megan Overmann Goetz chair of the Laramie Economic Development Corporation (LEDC) board said the LEDC has been working with Howe and HiViz on the best move for the company and the city.

“We are very excited about this announcement and what it means for Laramie, Albany County, Wyoming, and for HiViz as well,” Overmann Goetz said. “LEDC and our partners at the Wyoming Business Council have been working with Phil and his team on the best solution. We are happy that solution is having HiViz conducting business in one of our LEDC business parks.”

Howe reiterated the importance of choosing a location that would allow HiViz the best opportunity to thrive. “The decision to relocate the company was difficult and choosing the proper location was essential to our continued growth within the industry,” said Howe. “The fine people of the Wyoming Business Council and the Laramie Economic Development Corporation worked diligently to accommodate our needs and make us feel welcome.”

Bob Jensen, chief executive of the Wyoming Business Council, said Wyoming’s stable economy and stable regulatory environment make Wyoming a very appealing location for shooting sports and supply chain component manufacturers.

“Wyoming has long been an ideal location for all varieties of manufacturing, particularly the outdoor products and shooting sports manufacturing industries,” said Wyoming Business Council CEO Bob Jensen. “We welcome Mr. Howe and the HiViz family to our state and we look forward to having HiViz products being produced in Wyoming.”

“I believe the great companies of Wyoming can attest to Wyoming’s climate for growth that should benefit HiViz,” Governor Mead said. “We have the most business friendly tax structure in the country and we combine that with an unparalleled quality of life.”

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