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By SARAH E. MORAN , Staff Writer                                                                                                 

August 8, 2002 

SADSBURY -- The Hoppe's manufacturing and distribution plant here will move to Idaho in early November.

The company, which makes molded gun cases, trap throwers for sport shooting and firearm cleaning products, employs 72 at its plant, and will soon begin the move to Meridien, a Boise suburb.

When he announced the move to employees, Dennis Pixton, president of Michael's of Oregon Co., which bought Hoppe's last year from the Brunswick Corp., said the move is necessary to keep making products in the United States.

Said Steve Rowe, Michael's of Oregon executive vice president, "We now have four facilities -- in Pennsylvania, Idaho, Montana and Oregon -- and we needed to consolidate.We're trying to be efficient and keep 300 jobs in the United States instead of moving manufacturing to China, Taiwan, Indonesia or Thailand."

The company is offering jobs in Idaho to all 72 employees, as well as financial help with a move, Rowe said. Workers have until Aug. 29 to decide.

If they opt to remain here, they'll get severance pay and benefits and help with finding a new job. Rowe declined to be more specific.

This puts the Hoppe's plant and its five acres in the Airport Industrial Park on the selling block.

The plant has been in Sadsbury since 1978. Prior to that, it was in Parkesburg, where it moved in 1960 from Philadelphia.

Company founder Frank A. Hoppe, who started Hoppe's in 1903, was a Philadelphia native.

Hoppe's parent, Michael's of Oregon, is based in Oregon City, Ore. Its brands include Uncle Mike's, Uncle Mike's Law Enforcement and Butler Creek in addition to Hoppe's. Among its products include holsters, slings, swivels, gun cases, belts, gun cleaning products and other hunting, shooting and law enforcement gear.  

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