Thompson Center Arms New Sales Organization

Thompson Center Arms Announces New Sales Organization
Company Appoints Director of Sales and Signs Three Rep Agencies.

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ROCHESTER, N.H. — -( Thompson/Center Arms Company Inc., a Smith & Wesson Company, announced today that it has named John MacLellan to the newly created role of Director of Sales for Thompson/Center Arms. The Company also announced that it has entered into agreement with three manufacturer’s representative agencies to sell the Thompson/Center Arms product line and support key initiatives with distributors and retailers. The new sales organization, which includes relationships with Dunkin-Lewis, Inc., J Harding Associates, and Sportco Marketing, Inc., and the ongoing relationship with the Graywood Sporting Group, will provide Thompson/Center Arms with expanded representation across the United States and Canada.

The new Thompson/Center Arms Sales organization, led by MacLellan, will be responsible for ongoing sales growth efforts and for establishing accessory merchandising initiatives. As the company continues to develop high quality products, the newly formed sales organization will provide Thompson/Center with increased visibility in the marketplace and increased support for distributors and retailers.

“Having served as a National Account Manager for Smith & Wesson and having amassed 20 years of experience in sales and sales leadership, John is well qualified for this new role,” said Leland Nichols, Smith & Wesson’s Senior Vice President, Sales & Marketing. “Prior to joining Smith & Wesson, John held sales positions at both Anderson Windows and Timbron International, where he was instrumental in developing new sales tools and expanding the retail network of both companies.”

Nichols continued, “We are also excited about the addition of Dunkin-Lewis, Sportco Marketing, J Harding Associates, and our continued relationship with the Graywood Sporting Group in Canada. These companies are among the pillars of our industry. Together, they provide us with more than 70 sales representatives with centuries of cumulative sales and promotion experience in the hunting market. As the Thompson/Center product line continues to evolve and expand, the talent and market savvy that these companies bring to the team will complement our growth objectives.”

The Thompson/Center Sales organization will actively promote the company’s traditional line of hunting firearms and interchangeable firearms platforms while expanding industry awareness of the four new models introduced earlier this year. At the 2009 SHOT Show, Thompson/Center introduced four new models that expand the company’s portfolio of high-quality hunting products at various price points. New models for this year include the T/C® Venture bolt-action rifle, Thompson/Center ICON® Precision Hunter, Triumph® Bone Collector muzzleloader and ICON® bolt-action rifles in long-action calibers with Weather Shield® finish.

About Thompson/Center and Smith & Wesson
Smith & Wesson Holding Corporation is parent company to Smith & Wesson Corp., one of the world’s largest manufacturers of quality firearms and firearm safety/ security products. Smith & Wesson Holding Corporation is also the parent company to Thompson/Center Arms Company, Inc., a premier designer and manufacturer of premium hunting rifles, black powder rifles, handguns, interchangeable firearms systems and accessories under the Thompson/Center Arms brand. Smith & Wesson also licenses shooter protection, knives, apparel, and other accessory lines. Smith & Wesson is based in Springfield, Massachusetts with manufacturing facilities in Springfield, Houlton, Maine, and Rochester, New Hampshire. The Smith & Wesson Academy is America’s longest running firearms training facility for law enforcement, military and security professionals. For more information on Smith & Wesson, call (800) 331-0852 or log on to For more information on Thompson/Center Arms, log on to