Industry Support On Display At 2016 NRA Annual Meeting
By Jade Moldé, SI Editor
Matt Buckingham (right), president of S&W’s firearms division, presents
a check for $50,000 to Tom Taylor (center), HAVA chairman, and Heath Gunns,
HAVA outreach manager, during a special ceremony at the NRA Annual Meeting.
The 2016 NRA Annual Meeting (NRAAM), held May 19–22 in Louisville, Ky., drew over 80,000 attendees, who examined products from over 800 exhibitors. As a consumer-focused event, the NRAAM provides an excellent barometer to measure enthusiasm in the consumer market. This annual event, which celebrated its 145th meeting this year, provides another important opportunity for the industry to show support for organizations and individuals through charitable donations.
Here’s a summary of some of these contributions that took place during the NRAAM:
GLOCK Inc. made monetary and pistol donations totaling more than $115,000 to the NRA during the NRAAM. At the GLOCK booth, GLOCK VP Josh Dorsey presented a check for $50,000 to NRA President Allan D. Cors and Executive Director of General Operations Kyle Weaver.
The NRA Whittington Center and Whittington Adventure Camp, represented by Executive Director Wayne Armacost, received GLOCK checks for $50,000 and $15,000, respectively.
Glen Hoyer, director of the NRA Law Enforcement Division, accepted a donation of 30 GLOCK pistols for the annual National Police Shooting Championships, to be held in Albuquerque, N.M., in September.
In honor of GLOCK’s 30th Anniversary in the U.S., the company presented the NRA National Firearms Museum with one of 30 commemorative GLOCK 17 Gen4 pistols, custom-engraved by master engraver Mark Hoechst. Accepting the pistol were Jim Supica, NRA Museums director and Philip Scheier, senior curator.
Since 2010, GLOCK has donated $350,000 to the NRA to help advance its defense of America’s Second Amendment rights and advocacy of firearm ownership, safety, marksmanship, hunting and self-defense in the U.S. GLOCK’s donations since 2010 to the NRA Whittington Center also total $350,000. Since 2005, GLOCK has donated $180,000 to the NRA Whittington Center Adventure Camp, where young men and women are taught the fundamentals of pistol, rifle and shotgun shooting.
Smith & Wesson Corp. presented Honored American Veterans Afield (HAVA) with a $50,000 check during a special ceremony at the S&W booth. Matt Buckingham, president of Smith & Wesson’s firearms division, presented the donation to Tom Taylor, chairman of HAVA.
At the 2016 NRA Annual Meeting, GLOCK VP Josh Dorsey and National
Sales Manager Bob Radecki (far right) presented a check for $50,000
to the NRA Museum. (From left) Allen D. Cors, Kyle Weaver, Jim Supica
and Philip Scheier were present from the NRA to accept.
Local heroes honored by Henry Repeating Arms during 2016 National
NRA Foundation Banquet: (Left to right) Anthony Imperato, president
of Henry Repeating Arms, with Honorees Bill Wester, Dylan Dorris,
Scott Perkins, Jack Thompson, M.J. Vowell, Debbie Green, Charles
Green and Cheryl Benitez-Metcalf.
“For the last nine years, HAVA has enhanced the lives of thousands of military men, women and their families by enabling them to reconnect with the shooting sports as they return home from active service,” Buckingham said. “These men and women have made incredible sacrifices on behalf of our nation, and we view it as a privilege and honor to continue to support them throughout the healing process as they seek to reconnect with the outdoors.”
“As a founding member, Smith & Wesson has remained steadfast in its commitment to HAVA and the veterans it serves by being the leading contributor of funds and products for the organization,” Taylor said.
Henry Repeating Arms announced a donation of 1,100 Henry Frontier Rifles to be used at Friends at NRA events across the U.S. Henry has also announced an additional donation of 1,000 special edition Golden Boy rifles to be used at the first record-setting Henry 1,000 Man Shoot. The event is a fundraiser that will line up 1,000 people to shoot the donated rifles at the same time, which will be held at the Ben Avery Shooting Range in Phoenix, Ariz., on Nov. 14, 2016.
In addition, Henry Repeating Arms presented tribute rifles to eight deserving individuals who served the state and country during the National NRA Foundation Banquet and Auction as part of the NRAAM.
Additionally, the Scholastic Shooting Sports Foundation (SSSF) received charitable support from both Smith & Wesson and GLOCK, totaling $55,000. Smith & Wesson presented a check for $30,000 to the Scholastic Shooting Sports Foundation (SSSF) during NRAAM. Smith & Wesson has been a Founding Partner of SSSF’s Scholastic Action Shooting Program (SASP) since its inception in 2012.
S&W’s Matt Buckingham presented the donation to Tammy Mowry, SASP national director, and Tom Yost, SSSF board member. Two-thirds of the donation will be used for SASP general operations and one-third for the SASP Scholarship Fund for qualifying seniors.
GLOCK donated $25,000 to the SSSF, as well as a custom-engraved 30th Anniversary pistol — which will be raffled to raise money for scholastic shooting. Mowry accepted the check and anniversary pistol on behalf of SSSF during a special presentation at the GLOCK booth.
Save The Date
The 146th NRA Annual Meeting & Exhibits will be held in Atlanta, April 27–30, 2017. For more information, visit www.nraam.org.
Remington Ceases Operations In Kentucky
Remington Outdoor Co. plans to close its Mayfield, Ky., firearms operations “in an effort to become more organizationally focused and competitive,” according to the company’s news release. Approximately 200 employees are affected.
The operation is to be consolidated with Remington’s Huntsville, Ala., facilities. Actual plant closure and transition to Huntsville is projected to take several months. The two plants are roughly 250 miles apart.
The Mayfield facility has been in operation for nearly 20 years. Company officials say the decision to consolidate operations centered on three areas, competitively speaking: “Logistical proximity and freight synergies; organizational synergy and focus with engineering, sales and marketing; and facility overhead leverage and streamlining outplacement services.”
Employees are being offered severance pay and employment services.
SIG SAUER Brings Ammunition Manufacturing To Arkansas
SIG SAUER Inc. has finalized plans to relocate its ammunition manufacturing operation from Eubank, Ky., to a permanent site in Jacksonville, Ark. The Elite Performance ammunition manufacturing operation is expected be up and running in a renovated building in Jacksonville by year’s end.
SIG SAUER anticipates employing 50 people in the initial relocation phase, with additional jobs planned for the future. The new site provides significant room for expansion, a key factor in the company’s decision to relocate to Jacksonville.
“We have been searching for a permanent relocation site for our ammunition division for several years and now, coupled with an excellent physical location and exceptional economic incentives provided by the State of Arkansas, we have found the ideal site,” said Dan Powers, president of the SIG SAUER Ammunition Division. “Our advanced technology will allow SIG SAUER to design and develop world-class, precision-performance ammunition, and our new facility will ensure room for even more state-of-the-art equipment and a much larger ballistics test lab to facilitate our manufacturing and R&D processes.”
“SIG SAUER was one of the first calls I made as governor, and I am delighted they chose our state when making the decision to expand,” said Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson. “The fact that a world-class company like SIG SAUER is choosing to do business in the state adds to our momentum in manufacturing, and we appreciate this significant commitment they are making to locate in Arkansas.”