- Associated Press - Thursday, February 12, 2015

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - A company that makes ammunition magazines and other accessories for guns has opened its new manufacturing and distribution center in Cheyenne.

Magpul Industries Corp. started production at its Cheyenne facility on Jan. 12 and sent out its first shipment the next day, said Carey Ryerson, the firm’s director of manufacturing operations.

“We’re just super proud of it,” Ryerson said.

Magpul now employs 112 workers at the facility. Another 25 are in orientation and still another 15-20 people are in recruitment.

Magpul makes accessories for firearms like ammunition magazines, hand guards, grips and light mounts. It also makes wrenches, electronic field cases for cellphones, ball caps and shirts.

The company chose Cheyenne as the new home for its manufacturing, distribution and shipping services after being wooed by several states.

“Cheyenne and Wyoming really fit what we needed from a distribution, production and location standpoint,” Ryerson told the Wyoming Tribune Eagle (https://bit.ly/1J2217R). “And culturally, it was a great matchup for us.”

He added that people here have been “tremendously friendly” and accepting to Magpul employees.

Magpul decided to move its headquarters and major operations out of Colorado after that state passed gun control laws in 2013.

The company moved its manufacturing and distribution operation to Cheyenne and its corporate headquarters to Austin, Texas.

Wyoming provided $8.3 million in financial incentives to help Magpul make the move.

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Information from: Wyoming Tribune Eagle, https://www.wyomingnews.com

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