Hornady’s support for the shooting sports and gun rights is undeniable, and in that tradition, the company recently held an NRA membership drive that resulted in 100-percent participation from many of its departments and hundreds of new members throughout the company. “It’s reassuring to know our employees understand the impact the NRA makes on behalf of our industry,” said company President Steve Hornady. “They really stepped up to show their support.”
Hornady, a family-owned business headquartered in Grand Island, Neb., was founded in 1949 and has been a strong supporter of the NRA for more than 60 years. It proudly manufactures products made in the USA and is a world leader in bullet, ammunition, reloading tool and accessory design and manufacture.
The company’s continuing success is also making a positive impact on the state’s economy, as evidenced by Hornady being named the 2016 Manufacturing Business of the Year by the Nebraska Business Development Center (NBDC). The award was presented during a luncheon on March 17, 2017 at the state capitol in Lincoln, Neb., and was attended by 21 state senators.
“The NBDC Advisory Board selected the winners for exemplifying the contribution small businesses make to Nebraska’s economy,” Catherine Lang, NBDC state director, told The Grand Island Independent. To receive the honor, the winner must display a dedication to process improvement, employee involvement, sales growth, product development and more. The company’s new RAPiD Safe line—RFID-enabled gun safes that speed access to safely secured self-defense sidearms—is a recent example of its ability to harness/adapt new technology to the firearm industry.
Today, the company has more than 300 employees, but Hornady continues to expand its facilities and operations, including adding more employees and new machinery. “We strive to be innovative and forward-looking as we continue to invest in the future,” said Scott Javins, Hornady Law Enforcement/Military product manager.