Weatherby moves manufacturing operation to Sheridan, Lander was in consideration
High-end rifle and shotgun manufacturer Weatherby will be moving their headquarter and manufacturing operations to Sheridan from Paso Robles, California. The announcement will be streamed live on the company’s facebook page at 5:00 pm tonight, from the Black Tooth Brewing Company. Wyoming Governor Matt Mead will also be present.
The win is a significant one for Wyoming as it’s reported that Weatherby will be bringing 90 jobs to Sheridan. Sources shared with County 10 that Weatherby, located in California since the mid 1940’s, has been considering locating in a state with a more favorable pro-firearms industry culture and citing a frustration with California’s tax structure.
Lander was one of 4 reported locations in contention for the manufacturer’s relocation to Wyoming. The locations did not know which specific company had expressed interest, other than they knew that it was a business in the firearms industry from California. However, it was learned that a significant factor in their decision was proximity to an interstate highway. “We knew it was a significant factor, but we chose to pitch them regardless,” reported Mike Lilygren, Lander Economic Development Association (LEDA) Founding Board Member.
Ultimately, representatives from Weatherby chose not to come and visit Lander as part of the location selection process. “LEDA will continue to pursue other businesses. This is one opportunity. There’s another company out of the front range that we’re working with, but it’s probably a couple years out, ” added Lilygren.