Idaho Commerce to Participate in SHOT Show with 24 Idaho Rec Tech Companies
Hunting Outdoor Trade (SHOT) Show will take place in Las Vegas, NV January 15-18,
BOISE, Idaho—Tuesday, January
15, 2013— Idaho Commerce will be sending a team to Las Vegas, Nevada for the
annual Shooting Hunting Outdoor Trade (SHOT) Show and Conference on January
15-18, 2013. The Commerce team will participate
in this trade show along with 24 Idaho companies that specialize in manufacturing
producing and/or distributing outdoor recreational technologies (rec tech).
The SHOT Show and Conference
is the largest annual trade show for professionals involved in the rec tech industry,
and is the world's premier exposition of combined firearms, ammunition, law
enforcement, cutlery, outdoor apparel, optics and related products and
services. The SHOT Show attracts buyers
from all 50 states and more than 100 countries.
The Idaho Commerce booth is a partnership with several Idaho companies that
are attending the show to establish new relationships and create new
opportunities and markets for their products.
Integrity Ballistics, based in
Boise and sharing the Idaho Commerce booth, is an example of an Idaho company
attending the SHOT Show. Integrity Ballistics
produces a less-lethal, 12-gauge shotgun technology for law enforcement. Its Burns 1401 is a highly engineered polymer
“bullet” material designed to flatten – or “pancake” – on impact, causing less
harm to the subject. While the flatter round minimizes impact, it holds the
same stopping force as other rounds. The company was founded in Wyoming and
relocated to Boise in 2010 as a result of the high quality of life offered in
Also joining the Idaho
Commerce booth is Lucky Bums, based in Boise as well. Lucky Bums manufactures unique outdoor
clothing and accessories designed specifically for kids. It’s launching a new
camouflage pattern, Recluse, at the show. Started by Jeff and Julie Streeter in response
to their own difficulty finding quality outdoor gear that was well designed for
their young family, the Streeter’s entrepreneurial spirit and ingenuity
resulted in creation of an exceptional line of children’s outdoor gear designed
for snow play, hiking, camping, fishing and hunting. The company is best known for its integrated
safety handle harness design that minimizes constant bending over to pick up
little ones just finding their ski legs.
Highlights of additional
companies participating in the SHOT Show include a wide array of rec tech
businesses that distribute their products worldwide:
- Buck Knives – Relocated from California to
Post Falls, Idaho in 2005, Buck Knives is a 111-year-old company that creates
state-of-the-art, high-quality sports knives and accessories. In 2012, Buck Knives manufactured
approximately 78 percent of their products in the USA. In 2013, that will increase to approximately
80 percent with an eventual goal of 100 percent of catalog items being USA made
at its manufacturing facility in Idaho.
- Nightforce Optics, Inc. – Based in Orofino,
Idaho, Nightforce Optics manufactures riflescopes that have been used by the
U.S. military and are in high demand by competition shooters, tactical teams
and hunters. At the SHOT Show, Nightforce
will introduce three all-new riflescopes, with more new product announcements
expected later this year.
- PEET Shoe Dryer – Based in St. Maries, Idaho,
this company makes a line of dryers specifically for wet shoes, boots, and
waders. The company will be introducing its new SafeKeeping PEET Dryer made specifically
for gunsafes at SHOT Show.
Recreation technology is a
key industry in Idaho – and these are just a few of the Idaho companies that
continue to grow the rec tech industry while keeping safety and U.S.
manufacturing at the forefront. With
648,515 acres of BLM-managed lands in Idaho that are currently in Wilderness
Study Area (WSA) status, Idaho is the perfect place for developing and growing
a rec tech business.
To learn more about Idaho
companies that are revolutionizing the rec tech industry, tune in to Outdoor Idaho on Idaho Public Television
on January 31, 2013. This program will feature the adventurous men and women
behind Idaho's innovative recreational technology industry. Whether they make
some of the world's best-known knives, high-end fly fishing reels or
calorie-packed and great-tasting energy bars, the people leading Idaho's rec
tech companies share one characteristic: they love Idaho's great outdoors.
For more information about
the rec tech industry in Idaho, click here
To learn more about Idaho’s
recreation opportunities, visit: www.visitidaho.org