Gamo Outdoor USA and Daisy Outdoor Products, with Gov. Asa Hutchinson, announced on Wednesday plans to expand the Daisy plant in Rogers and create 25 full-time jobs over the next two years.
The governor made the announcement via Facebook Live from the Shooting Hunting Outdoor Trade (SHOT) Show in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The plant, at 308 W. Stribling Drive, will also be the headquarters of both companies. The New York firm that owns Gamo bought Daisy in July, and Gamo had been headquartered in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
The project received the following state incentives:
Create Rebate, which provides a cash rebate equal to 3.9 percent of the total payroll associated with the expansion for three years.
Tax Back, which provides sales tax refunds on building materials, taxable machinery and equipment associated with the expansion.
A $50,000 grant for workforce training
Hutchinson called it a significant announcement that demonstrates the continued strength of the firearms and airgun industries in Arkansas. He added that Daisy, which opened in 1958, represents a tradition for him and the state. His first airgun was a Daisy airgun and both his children and grandchildren have owned Daisy airguns, the governor said.
According to a news release, the Rogers facility has 65 employees and 20 seasonal workers. The new jobs will be in warehousing, quality, shipping and customer service.
A new 10,000-SF building will be attached to the existing building and placed at the corner of Second Street and Stribling. The plans are set to be reviewed by the city soon, and the company hopes to occupy the new space this fall.
Keith Higginbotham, president of Gamo and Daisy, said senior-level executives from Gamo's former headquarters and a Houston, Missouri, distribution facility will also be moved to the Rogers plant when it expands.
Higginbotham said in the release that having his management team, warehouse and shipping operations would help the companies become more efficient and better serve customers.
This is the second time the governor has made a jobs announcement from the trade show. Last year, Hutchinson announced plans by a pair of firearm manufacturers — SIG Sauer and Remington — to add 134 jobs in central Arkansas.