Wyo. companies see success at premier outdoor trade shows

May 2, 2012

CASPER, Wyo. – Wyoming outdoor products companies garnered more than $65,000 in projected sales at premier shooting, hunting and outdoor trade shows earlier this year.

Wyoming outdoor products companies attended three trade shows with the Wyoming Business Council including SHOT Show (Shooting, Hunting, Outdoor Trades) in Las Vegas, Nev., Jan. 17-20, and the International Sportsman’s Expo in Denver, Colo., and Salt Lake City, Utah, on Jan. 5-8 and March 15-18 respectively.

The Wyoming Business Council works to help businesses attend important industry trade shows through programs such as the trade show incentive grant and the cooperative marketing program to increase exposure for Wyoming companies.

SHOT Show is the largest and most comprehensive trade show for all professionals involved with the shooting sports and hunting industries. It is the world's premier exposition of combined firearms, ammunition, archery, cutlery, outdoor apparel, optics, camping and related products and services. The SHOT Show attracts buyers from all 50 states and more than 100 countries.

The Wyoming companies at SHOT included: Hi Mountain Seasoning (www.himtnjerky.com) and Lucid (www.mylucidgear.com) both from Riverton; Shady Lady Shooting (www.shadyladyshooting.com) from Green River; Twisted Barrel (www.twistedbarrel.com) of Douglas; Stuckeys Sturdy Shooting Benches (www.shootingbenches.com) of Powell; and The Best of the West (www.bestofthewest.tv) from Cody.

The SHOT businesses also participated in a media reception hosted by the Wyoming Business Council and attended by about 75 media contacts from around the world. The reception provides Wyoming businesses the opportunity to speak one-on-one with media about their products. During the reception, the Wyoming Business Council, in conjunction with the Wyoming Game and Fish Department, held a drawing for an antelope hunt for two worth over $4,000. The recipient of the drawing was Ed Noonan, an outdoor writer with Freeland.

The Sportsman’s Expo, now in its 35th year, is open to both wholesalers as well as the general public and is considered the premier travel, fishing, hunting, camping and outdoor sports show in the country.

Wyoming companies attending the Expo included: Grouse Wing Camo (www.grousewingcamo.com) of Lander; Log Furniture of Wyoming (www.logfurniturewyoming.com) from Evanston; R&B Meat Processing (www.whitemountainbuffalo.com) from Green River; NM Works (www.facebook.com/pages/NM-Works/170427006370882) of Cheyenne; Sandy K. Designs (www.cheyennejewelry.com) from Cheyenne; Picture It In Stone (www.pictureitinstone.com) of Cheyenne; and Four Seasons Anglers (www.fourseasonsanglers.com) from Laramie.

For questions regarding Business Council trade show opportunities, please contact Annie Wood at annie.wood@wyo.gov or 307.777.2844.

The mission of the Business Council is to facilitate the economic growth of Wyoming. The Business Council, a state government agency, concentrates its efforts on providing assistance for existing Wyoming companies and start-ups, helping communities meet their development and diversification needs, and recruiting new firms and industries targeted to complement the state’s assets. For more information, please visit www.wyomingbusiness.org.


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