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Sturm, Ruger & Company, Inc. (NYSE: RGR) is proud to announce that it has been recognized by the National Association of Sporting Goods Wholesalers ("NASGW") as Firearms Innovator of the Year and, for the ninth year in a row, Firearms Manufacturer of the Year. The presentation of these prestigious awards was made during the Association's 42nd Annual Meeting at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans, Louisiana. Accepting on behalf of Ruger were Ruger President and COO, Chris Killoy and Director of Sales, Shawn Leska.
"On behalf of the over two thousand Ruger employees, I want to thank the NASGW for this recognition and both of these awards," commented Killoy. "Ruger remains committed to the two-step distribution process and continues to strive to bring exciting new products like the new Ruger Precision Rifle™ to wholesalers, retailers and consumers," he concluded.
The NASGW is the organizer and sponsor of the NASGW Annual Meeting/Expo Event. This annual event provides educational, marketing and communications opportunities to hunting and shooting sports wholesalers, manufacturers and sales professionals. The NASGW also uses this event to recognize manufacturers for their accomplishments from the last year.
The Firearms Innovator of the Year award is given to the company that has developed a unique product, service or strategy that sets that company apart from its competitors; has made an outstanding contribution in furthering the image and development of shooting sports; enhances and increases significantly the growth and expansion of shooting sports; and actively supports NASGW and its wholesaler member firms. This year, the Ruger Precision Rifle helped Ruger earn the distinguished title of Firearms Innovator of the Year.
The Firearms Manufacturer of the Year recipient is determined by NASGW Wholesaler members who evaluate the performance of manufacturers on four key criteria: distribution policy; marketing, sales and promotion; logistics and operations; and NASGW and industry support. This assessment of manufacturer performance is designed to provide a balanced appraisal that recognizes the best manufacturer in its category according to NASGW members.
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