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A CCI/Speer #BetterTogether story. Two teams from CCI/Speer in Lewiston, Idaho travelled to Nine Miles Falls, Washington to attend the Ronald McDonald House of the Inland Northwest Sporting Clays...

Most 19-year-olds would agree that attending an out-of-state college is risky. Picking something relatively close to home is, generally speaking, a goal for most teenagers. But never mind the home “

On Wednesday, May 26, Vista Outdoor welcomed e-bike brand QuietKat and hunt-inspired female apparel brand Venor to the Vista Outdoor family of powerhouse brands. QuietKat is an electric bicycle...

The COVID pandemic couldn’t keep the hard-working employees at the Bushnell Distribution Center in Olathe, Kansas from a year-end celebration this past April. Fun and games, food and masks were...

Vista Outdoor has launched the Vista Outdoor Corporate Foundation (the “Foundation”) and an accompanying $3 million initial contribution. The Foundation is a not-for-profit, tax-exempt...

As the customer base and use for smokers and grills evolve, the new logo evolves to keep up with the times. You’ve heard the adage: “The more things change, the more they stay the same.”...

SHOCKING when it’s April in Minnesota! But worth the frozen glory to raise funds for Special Olympics Minnesota. COVID guidelines may have challenged the event, but you can’t keep a good team...

If you were to list what motivates you in your career, what makes the top of the list? For Shahzad Dad, Operations Manager with Hunt/Shoot and Ammunition Canada, there are three motivators: new...

You could say every rider has a reason. Whether it’s to burn off a little steam, improve speed, cruise the neighborhood, get to a destination, work on stunts, improve endurance or reach a miles...

CCI/Speer sponsors their regional Special Forces Association’s (SFA) hosting of respites to give active duty Special Operations much-needed family time. SFA Montana hosts four respite events...

Vista Outdoor conservation partner, Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership (TRCP), posted a guest blog from Vista Vice President of Public Affairs and Communications, Fred Ferguson. Excerpts...

Find out why rhinos are leaving South Africa for their native East Africa. With fewer than 800 left in the world, East African Black Rhinos are a critically endangered species. Native to East...

In a world where titles define us, Malar Nataraja shines. She is an author, teacher, mother, leader, classical dancer, poet, college athlete, biker, immigrant, volunteer… and the list goes on!...

Here is a futuristic twist on “Reduce. Reuse. Recycle” from Federal’s facility in Anoka, Minnesota. A routine 5S exercise turned into an opportunity to donate vices rather than throwing them...

Our Essential Worker Series focuses on manager nominated, stand-out hourly employees who have gone above and beyond in the past year and beyond. This week, we’re featuring Mark Rieland. He is an...

Margaux is not a professional athlete. She is persistent, consistent and willing to push past goals she sets for herself. And, she is making a difference doing what she loves – riding bike. Last...

When Kermit Irwin started sweeping floors at Federal in 1950, nobody would have expected the legacy he’d leave for everyone he met – and some who never met him at all. Irwin worked his way up,...

Bushnell Trail Camera captures footage of the secretive and endangered Okapi. We are sharing this story because it was shared with us by Walt Whitaker at the Bushnell Factory Outlet in Lenexa,...

It’s Engineers Week — a week slated to recognize the work of engineers. We know Vista Outdoor would be nothing without the engineers we employ. That’s why we’ve pulled together a select...

Our Essential Worker Series focuses on manager nominated, stand-out hourly employees who have gone above and beyond in the past year and beyond. This week, we’re featuring Magdia Rodriguez. She...

Kelly Kolb, CCI Speer, has learned to embrace the options in his life. From sports and his career to outdoor recreation, Kelly has delved into all sides of his varying interests – a plan that...

Our Essential Worker Series focuses on manager nominated, stand-out hourly employees who have gone above and beyond in the past year and beyond. This week, we’re featuring Jose Pérez. He is a...

Federal Ammunition is committed to empowering our nation’s injured veterans. Since 2011, Federal Ammunition, headquartered in Anoka, Minnesota, has supported Wounded Warrior Project (WWP) and...

Our Essential Workers series focuses on manager nominated, stand-out hourly employees who have gone above and beyond in the past year and beyond. This week, we’re featuring Angel Love. Angel...

There’s a chance Remington employees hear an Irishish accent echo through the plant on occasion. If not – it’s bound to be a trend in the future. Charles Wratten, Environment Manager at...

Our Essential Workers series focuses on manager nominated, stand-out hourly employees who have gone above and beyond in the past year and beyond. This week, turn your eyes to Terra Butler, CCI...

CCI/Speer in Lewiston, Idaho used the Christmas holiday as the perfect time to support the greater Lewis Clark Valley area’s Toys for Tots program. The $2,500 donation was put to good use for...

Brittany (Stoeckel) Revolte with her father, Rick Stoeckel. Sharing stories of employees with family roots in the business. ​​​​​​​ In the latest installment of the Straight Shooter...

Federal and CCI/Speer take time to thank their community law enforcement departments, including their K9 dogs! ​​​​​​​ On Friday, Jan. 8, team members from Anoka, Minnesota and...

Aaron Lathrop, Olathe, KS, was nominated as our first featured employee in our new Essential Worker Series. This series highlights manager nominated, stand-out hourly employees who have gone above...

Anti-poaching efforts in the western Serengeti include canine units that help the ecosystem by deterring poachers from entering protected areas. Read more about Vista Outdoor’s conservation partners

Textiles and sustainability. These two words likely make you think of your more important possessions: the clothes on your back and your favorite reusable water bottle. For Marissa Strano,...

December was a little merrier for two local non-profit organizations that support older veterans and the homeless. Federal’s generous donations to Honor Flight Twin Cities and Involve MN will...

Masked up to hide their true identities, Federal Ammunition and CCI Speer employees show the true meaning of spreading holiday joy with donations to local community non-profits. On December 23,...

The Red Ride is a healthcare worker appreciation ride that covered 33 miles and visited six hospitals this past October. Bell Sports donation? 90 sets of Bike Party™ rope lights that illuminated...

Brett Bennett could write Camp Chef’s history book. Brett started welding at Camp Chef in his college days to help pay his way through engineering school at Utah State University. By the time he...

It all started when Tyson Willoughby, Hunt/Shoot National Account Manager, got a call from a hunting buddy. His friend, Bob Fry received a last-minute request from the Hope Outdoors organization...

CCI/Speer comes up with a ‘brand family’ solution for local students. When CCI/Speer in Lewiston, Idaho heard that the Clarkston and Asotin area schools had shut off water fountains as a...

The Utah Manufacturer’s Association (UMA) recently announced Camp Chef as the recipient of its 2020 Best Company Culture Award! Brandon Sparrow, Camp Chef President, was interviewed by Todd...

COVID-19 safety comes in many forms. When the CCI/Speer Centerfire team in Lewiston, Idaho heard one of the local elementary schools was in need of disinfecting wipes, they came to the rescue....

On Nov. 20, this devastating story hit the news. Pedal Power Minnesota, an organization that teaches kids how to bike and fosters learning and exploring our neighborhood and City, had one of its...

Mike Elliott doesn’t sit still for very long. In fact, it seems as though Mike is performing a consistent balancing act. Between leading a successful team from Bushnell in Overland Park, KS, for...

This article, featured in its November issue, is replicated on our website with permission from The Minnesota Legionnaire. Shannon Culver of Federal Premium Ammunition looks up from a machine she...

Game scout and dog patrolling wildlife. Photo credit: Scott Ramsay Every day we are reminded of how the COVID-19 pandemic has altered our everyday lives and the lives of our loved ones. Our focus...

Six kids. 16 years in Ethiopia. One UAV development project. 33 years with Federal Ammunition. Larry Head, Product Development Director for Handgun Ammunition, has quite a bit under his belt. Larry’

The Kansas City Chiefs take care of business beating the Buffalo Bills 26 – 17 on Monday Night Football, Oct. 19. What a great excuse to celebrate the win and recognize the hard work of the...

Supporting the community in and around Anoka, Minnesota has always been important to Federal. And now, probably more than ever, as our neighbors continue to work through the changes in households...

Three employees from CCI Speer in Lewiston, Idaho graduate from a seven-month community leadership training course. Lynnette Breeden- Weekend Operations Manager, Stacy Adair- Safety Engineer, and...

Federal’s annual Golf Tech Open was held at Bunker Hills Golf Course near Federal’s Anoka, Minnesota facility in early September. Thanks to employees, vendors and a generous anonymous...

“This bag has lived as full a life as I have…” This story first appeared on Hump Day News, CamelBak’s employee newsletter from a grateful CamelBak owner. Hey, CamelBak! I just wanted to...

If people had travel resumes, Amanda Arner, Category Manager, Bell Mass Accessories, would need more than a page… or two. Come to think of it, a world map wouldn’t hurt, either. Rest assured,...

Champion Traps & Targets, maker of interactive and challenging target systems and trusted eye and ear protection, serves as a national sponsor of the Kids & Clays Foundation and recently had the...

Not everyone can say their career choice was declared at a yard sale. But Melanie McIntyre made a deal on the spot. “My mother tells me I picked up a law book at a garage sale and declared that...

Federal and Vista Outdoor’s support for International Hunter Education Association (IHEA-USA) includes a large, dedicated sponsorship aimed at developing a new IHEA-USA website. Federal has...

An ammo order, with an unexpected note of thanks from Federal, inspired retired USAF SMSgt Eric M. Welling to send his own note of appreciation. Federal ammunition is available for purchase on...

Most would agree the beginning stages of a new challenge are overwhelming – a feeling that prevents some people from trying new things, taking risks or taking on something new. Others press...

It’s no surprise our Scotts Valley, Petaluma and Oroville, CA locations have been fighting a wildfire battle worse than the area has seen in 100+ years. Around the country, news and photos...

A Better Together story. Volunteers and a $5,000 donation make a big difference in Anoka County. On Thursday, Aug. 27, Federal Ammunition had the opportunity to partner with Hope for the...

Trevor Clements’ teammates describe him as efficient. Productive. Organized. Qualities that put him on a straight path to his Director of Operations role at Camp Chef. What his coworkers might...

The Anoka American Legion Post 102 declared Federal the recipient of this award for 2020. Erik Carlson, Senior Director of Operations was to be presented with the award during Minnesota’s State...

This year’s awards go to 4-H student ambassadors Cecelia Ossi of New Jersey and Thomas Singleton of Louisiana. The scholarship program was created to honor legendary exhibition shooter Tom...

Jamie Furrer belongs in the outdoor industry. Furrer, Key Account Representative at CamelBak, grew up exploring the outdoors any way she could, spending time with the United Anglers of Casa Grande...

CCI/Speer wrote a check for $10,000 to Twin County United Way to support the Lewiston and area communities in the shadow of COVID-19. Their donation will provide needed assistance in education,...

Last week, the United States House of Representatives passed the Great American Outdoors Act with a bipartisan majority. The legislation previously passed the United States Senate, which means...

Rochelle Poore is a 20+ year engineer at Federal. She started as a plastics engineer and switched to accessories, leading product development and sourcing for several brands. She returned to ammo...

CCI Speer is proud of their Academic All Stars scholarship tradition. This year’s award ‘ceremony’ was a bit different, given COVID-19 and social distancing requirements. Bill Mackleit,...

Kelly Reisdorf, Chief Communications and Investor Relations Officer was selected for the 2020 Women in Business awards. According to the Business Journal, hundreds of women were nominated for the...

CamelBak completed its mission in June, handing out 10,000 CamelBak Eddy+ bottles to 115 facilities in the U.S. and Canada. In April, the brand launched its new “GiveBak” program with a goal...

Seven children of Vista Outdoor employees will receive $1,000 Learning for Life Scholarships toward their education. This year’s recipients come from Arkansas, Idaho, Illinois, Kansas and Minnesota.

CCI Speer 2020 safety milestone: 15 years without an OSHA recordable injury. Lewiston’s Quality Assurance team never takes safety for granted. Never. Leaders and employees work in lock-step...

Jon Zinnel is an incredible showcase for shooting sports. He’s lived it, breathed it, worked it and taught it for 15 years. And not on a small scale, either. Zinnel has helped thousands of kids...

Vista Outdoor is a proud premier sponsor of the National Shooting Sports Foundation’s (NSSF) Project ChildSafe, a nationwide program that promotes safe firearm handling and responsible storage...

CCI/Speer continued their community support by delivering nearly 500 CamelBak water bottles to first responders in the Lewiston Clarkston Valley last week. The Asotin County Sheriff’s office...

At Vista Outdoor, we believe that Outdoor experiences should be the ultimate equalizer, and helping all people, regardless of race, religion, orientation or ethnicity, enjoy the outdoors is core...

Report details company’s commitment to environmental, social and governance objectives, unveils Vista 2030 Vision Vista Outdoor released the company’s first-ever Environmental, Social and...

Fred Ferguson, VP of Public Affairs for Vista Outdoor was published in the Deseret News, a leading newspaper in Salt Lake City, Utah. Fred’s piece was about Vista Outdoor’s support for the...

Seven Hunt/Shoot websites are live and taking orders. The most recent brands with an eCommerce presence are: The site is an online mall that is a collection of our Hunt/Shoot brands. The new...

Federal and Speer are selling T-shirts online to benefit first responders in our local communities and the New York City Police Department. Proceeds from Federal’s shirt will be split between...

Maple Grove Allina Health Clinic: Jodi Quitmeyer, Cheryl Nearly, Tamra Nichols, Al Kerfeld and Emily Jacobsen In March, Federal stepped up to help healthcare workers facing the COVID-19 pandemic,...

Photo credit: Mike Sutherland Conservation and preserving the environment are important tenets for Vista Outdoor. Recently, Vista entered into a partnership with the African Community &...

A Better Together story from Idaho. CCI/Speer’s environmental department challenged employees to clean up grounds around the Lewiston, Idaho facility in honor of the 50th anniversary of Earth...

The new CCI and Speer ammunition sites are mobile-friendly and actively taking orders. Please visit the sites at https://www.cci-ammunition.com/ and https://www.speer.com/ and buy something if you...

Challenging times are nothing new for Greg Williamson, president of Petaluma, CA-based hydration brand CamelBak Products. Williamson shared his thoughts regarding the disruption of the global...

Federal Ammunition has a long history of supporting efforts to connect young people with the shooting sports and great outdoors. Federal sponsors a variety of shooting and conservation-based...

In the time of need, you can expect Vista brands to assist however they can. For CamelBak, it’s shipping off hydration bottles to healthcare workers and those in need on the frontlines. During...

Bill Mackleit, Senior Operations Director at CCI & Speer, and the CCI/ Speer team gifted professionals on the front lines with coffee gift cards last week. The team gave over 725 coffee gift cards...

When Anthony Foster, Operations Manager – Product Design Engineer, heard from one of the staff at King’s Daughters Medical Center that because they were running low on Personal Protective...

Bell and Giro, major providers of outdoor sports and recreation products, today announced the donation of 3,194 protective goggles to America’s frontline healthcare workers combatting the spread...

Vista Outdoor Inc. has identified six new veteran- and youth-focused organizations whose missions are focused on exploring, growing and healing in the outdoors. With a mission to “Bring the...

We learned yesterday an employee within our Rantoul, IL family is under quarantine for COVID-19 symptoms and a presumptive positive test. We contacted the local health department and the employee...

Federal Premium is proud to announce its continued support of Pheasants Forever & Quail Forever, the nation’s leading upland habitat conservation organization. Federal reports it has also...

Federal has a rich tradition of giving back to the community. In this time of crisis called the COVID-19 pandemic, of course, you can expect Federal to step up and help. Hospitals are welcoming...

The new Bell and Giro sites are live and taking orders. The new sites give customers a better experience on all devices – both visually and overall performance. Please visit the sites at...

Students at Sacajawea Junior High in Lewiston, Idaho were paid a visit by CCI/Speer employees. Why? They dropped off long sleeve t-shirts and snack crackers as a way of thanking the students and...

Left to right: Andy, Joei, Karie, Angie and Anne gather for a photo at the event. At the record-breaking 2020 National Pheasant Fest & Quail Classic presented by Federal Premium Ammunition,...

Federal Ammunition put together a care package for one of their employees who is currently deployed in the Middle East. Here’s the story. Devin Kral is taking a year off from his duties at...

A Better Together story from Vista and 10 of our brands … along with 56 other outdoor groups and companies. In the letter to the House Veterans Affairs Committee, the group asks for support of...

This isn’t the first time Federal has taken the spotlight on Minnesota Military Radio. Host Tom Lyons interviewed Federal employees Erik Carlson, Senior Director of Operations, Mark Hyland,...

Engineers Week, February 16-22, 2020, is a week dedicated to the engineering workforce. Vista Outdoor has 157 employees with an Engineering-based title, so we are using this opportunity to...

There is a different vibe on Floor 3 at the DCE in Anoka, MN this week. While you might suspect spring fever from the latest blast of cold temperatures, the Legal and Human Resources departments...

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