- The Washington Times - Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Officials at Magpul Industries unveiled Wednesday its new facilities in Texas and Wyoming, making good on a vow to leave Colorado in response to the state’s sweeping gun control legislation.

The firearms-accessories manufacturer announced that the company has finalized a contract on its corporate headquarters in Austin, Texas, after entering into a deal on the property in March. In the interim, Magpul had used a temporary facility in Texas, according to a Wednesday press release.

Meanwhile, Magpul’s manufacturing and distribution center is slated to open in January in Cheyenne. A 50,000-square-foot addition is expected to be completed in December on the 185,000-square-foot facility.

At the same time, Magpul plans to retain a small footprint in Colorado in the form of an administrative office to facilitate the relocation and serve as a regional support office. Magpul officials have said that they will continue to support gun rights in Colorado even after moving their headquarters and production facilities.

“These new facilities in Texas and Wyoming immediately enhance and expand the company’s business operations,” said Duane Liptak, director of product management and marketing for Magpul Industries, in a statement. “Magpul remains committed to completing the final phases of this transition without disruption to our customers and business partners.”

Magpul was the largest and most prestigious firearms company to announce it would leave Colorado after Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper signed three gun control bills in March 2013. Founded in 1999, the company had previously run its manufacturing and corporate operations from facilities in Erie, Colorado.

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Magpul’s announcement shortly after the bills were signed touched off a bidding war from officials in at least two dozen states hoping to attract the company, which supports 200 direct jobs and 400 supply-chain jobs and contributed an estimated $85 million annually to Colorado’s economy.

Magpul CEO Richard Fitzpatrick said in a Jan. 2 statement that Texas and Wyoming were selected based on factors that included support for “individual liberties and personal responsibility.”

The manufacturing company, which began in Mr. Fitzpatrick’s garage, is known for its polymer firearms accessories, notably the magpul, a rifle magazine designed to be loaded easily under stress.

• Valerie Richardson can be reached at vrichardson@washingtontimes.com.

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