GUNPROPLUS.COM January 27-28, 2018 – What had been a series of year-long covert communications involving only very few but significant principals rumbled through the vastness of the Sands Convention Center last Tuesday as the 2018 edition of the gun industry’s famed SHOT Show got underway. No longer breaking news this weekend but certainly significant was the announcement that Weatherby, the South Gate, California, born and bred iconic hunting rifle company born 73 years ago, is finally escaping the anti-gun confines of the Golden state and relocating to Sheridan, Wyoming.
The move, long sought by the present generation of the Weatherby family, now passed down from father Roy to son Ed to grandson Adam Weatherby, was essentially engineered by Wyoming Governor Matt Mead over a year ago. According to current president and CEO Adam Weatherby, he answered a phone call from Governor Mead who reportedly basically said “We want you in Wyoming and we’re prepared to help make that happen…” or words to that effect.
Once the shock of the initial call subsided, Mead engaged the services of the state Wyoming Business Council and, subsequently, to the growth-minded community in the city and county of Sheridan. A building will be constructed for the company in a recently developed Sheridan High Tech Commercial Business Park and is expected to be completed in spring of 2019. The grant for the building totals $12,592,090 with an in-kind match of $1,960,200 for a lot in the Sheridan High Tech Park and $322,874 in cash. Weatherby currently employs 65 people. The company expects up to about 25 percent of those individuals to move to Sheridan. With opportunities for expansion, the company could provide 70-90 jobs in Sheridan County with annual salaries between $60,000 and $74,000.
Weatherby will join others from elsewhere throughout the firearms community such as Magpul and Hi-Viz who, for various economic and political reasons, have moved to the Cowboy State because of its gun-friendly atmosphere.