Laramie’s HiViz Shooting Systems hits the mark with job growth
LARAMIE, Wyo. — Local gun component design and manufacturing company HiViz is reporting it has exceeded expectations in growth, more than tripling the amount of jobs it had when transplanting to Laramie from Colorado.
When new gun control measures were signed into law in 2013, Hiviz Shooting Systems President Phil Howe said the company’s future in Colorado was in jeopardy.
Howe said he knew the company needed to stay close to Denver International Airport. Also knowing Wyoming’s gun laws and business climate could work for HiViz, he said the likely choices were Cheyenne and Laramie.
Efforts of the Wyoming Business Council, Laramie Economic Development Corporation and the city of Laramie coalesced to entice the specialized gun sights manufacturer to the Gem City.
As part of the company’s memorandum of understanding with the Wyoming Business Council signed in 2013, HiViz agreed to provide at least 24 jobs by 2019. Following the successful integration of all the company’s phases from design to manufacturing under the Laramie facility roof, Chief Operating Officer Mike Thomas said HiViz employs a total of 35 people.
“The plan was always to grow the business dramatically,” Thomas said. “The fact is that it’s happening substantially quicker than we thought — and that’s a good thing.”
Photo courtesy of HiViz Shooting Solutions
Source: Wyoming Business Report