Paso Robles firearms manufacturer Weatherby Inc., which has been in business in California for nearly 75 years and on the Central Coast for more than 30 years, announced it is moving both its manufacturing and corporate headquarters to Sheridan, Wyoming.
Founded in 1945 by Roy Weatherby in South Gate, California, the company manufactures the Mark V and Vanguard rifles, as well as shotguns, scopes and ammunition. Last year, Adam Weatherby, the grandson of Roy Weatherby, took over for his father, Ed Weatherby, as president and CEO of the company.
“We really looked at a lot of different states that we could potentially move to out west, and Wyoming stood out for a lot of reasons, but one of the main ones was they made it very attractive for us,” Adam Weatherby said in a video published by the Wyoming Business Council.
Adam Weatherby said he received a call from Wyoming Governor Matt Mead who said he wanted the company in Wyoming. While not mentioning California, the company president also said more freedom and not having to worry about being restricted by the government are reasons for relocating to Wyoming.
“The freedoms that we can have here in Wyoming is a huge reason why we chose Wyoming,” Adam Weatherby said. “We need to be able to do what we we’re going to do and not be restricted by the government, and we know that’s not going to take place in Wyoming.”
Adam Weatherby said Wyoming is a gun-friendly state to which other companies in the industry have already relocated. The CEO also said he thinks others in the industry will join them in Wyoming.
According to the company’s LinkedIn page, Weatherby has between 51 and 200 employees. The company expects to create 70 to 90 jobs and more than $5 million annually in payroll in the next five years.