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Little Rock Regional Chamber of Commerce Staff Tours Remington Facility
Remington rolled out the red carpet last week for the Little Rock Regional Chamber of Commerce, whose staff members toured the company’s facility in Lonoke and welcomed the brand as one of the organization’s newest members.
James Reddish, the Chamber’s Executive Vice President, gave a welcoming speech, and Sandra Strickland, Remington’s Sr. Customer Service Representative — who has been with the company nearly five decades — adeptly handled the oversized scissors during the ensuing ribbon-cutting ceremony.
“With Remington’s history in the greater Little Rock area stretching back more than 50 years, we are honored to join the Chamber and contribute further to supporting our local community,” said Joel Hodgdon, Director of Marketing for Remington, who will be the Chamber’s primary person of contact for the ammunition brand. “Big Green and the Natural State are a natural fit with our shared values of conservation and community.”
Vista Outdoor joined the Chamber because it believes that given the company’s sustained success growth, which includes the successful acquisition and revival of the Remington ammo plant and its recent acquisition of wood pellet manufacturer Fiber Energy, based in Mountain View, it was critical to become both involved in local economic matters and connected with other businesses.
Moreover, Remington and Fiber Energy aren’t Vista Outdoor’s only business connections to Arkansas. The company recently expanded our distribution facility in Bryant, which serves our QuietKat and Camp Chef brands. The facility in Bryant is essential to expanding QuietKat’s and Camp Chef’s reach into East Coast markets and demonstrates the benefits and scale a large, multibillion-dollar organization can bring to upstart and growing outdoor businesses.
Jay Chesshir, Little Rock Regional Chamber president and CEO, offered a warm welcome to the organization’s new members.
“We are excited to take our partnership with Vista, Remington and Fiber Energy to the next level as they become the newest Little Rock Regional Chamber members,” Chesshir said. “Having worked to support the company in past economic development projects, we know their importance to our thriving Arkansas shooting sports and wood pellet manufacturing industries.”
Fred Ferguson, Vista Outdoor Vice President of Public Affairs and Communications and President of the Vista Outdoor Foundation, will be the company’s primary person of contact to ensure that Vista’s, Remington’s, Fiber Energy’s and the Chamber’s advocacy, philanthropic and community goals are aligned.
“Arkansas is a great place to live, play and work,” Ferguson said. “We are excited to have an expanded footprint in the state, and our teams are already integrating into the community, expanding jobs and taking advantage of the abundance of recreational opportunities offered across the state. The Little Rock Regional Chamber of Commerce will support us in these endeavors and will be a strong long-term partner as we continue to grow and operate in Arkansas.”