HiViz Shooting Systems, which manufactures sights, recoil pads and other shooting accessories will move its core operations from Colorado to Laramie, Wyoming’s River Business Park II.
Phil Howe, HiViz Chief Executive Officer , said the firm’s 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 on its new facility could begin as soon as this summer.
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 current HiViz facility in Fort Collins. 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, he added.
“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.”
“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,” Gov. Matt 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.”
Megan Overmann Goetz, chairwoman of the Laramie Economic Development Corporation 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.”
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.