Idaho Commerce to Participate in SHOT Show with 24 Idaho Rec Tech Companies

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Shooting Hunting Outdoor Trade (SHOT) Show will take place in Las Vegas, NV January 15-18, 2013.

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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 the area.

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 100-    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 portable dryer 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, visit us here.

To learn more about Idaho’s recreation opportunities, visit: http://www.visitidaho.org

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