FORT SMITH, Arkansas (May 1, 2013) – Walther Arms, Inc. today announced the final step of transitioning its strategic partnership for distribution today as all Walther products are being sold and distributed from its corporate headquarters in Fort Smith, Arkansas. Walther Arms, Inc. was formed January 1st and has been selling, marketing and servicing all but three models in the Walther portfolio.
Models now sold and distributed by Walther Arms, Inc are the popular Walther P22; Walther PPK-PPK/S .380 and the top of the line concealed carry firearm for Walther, its PK .380. Now, all Walther firearms are under the Walther Arms, Inc. umbrella with all sales, distribution and customer service being done in Fort Smith.
“We are extremely excited to offer the entire Walther line including all aspects of marketing, sales, distribution and service … as well as an integral role in product development” stated Adam Blalock, chief executive officer of Walther Arms. “We’re moving forward with plans to re-ignite the Walther brand and this is another major step. We continue to enjoy a close relationship with Smith and Wesson including strategic partnerships in several areas and this transition has been a smooth one.”
Walther Arms shares a campus and business resources with Umarex USA who has already announced it will further expand its manufacturing operations to include components of both airguns and firearms. Combined, the companies plan to invest an additional $7 million toward expanding the facility and operations over the next five years. The expanding facility will serve as corporate headquarters for both Walther and Umarex in North America. With the expansion, management hopes to create from 70 to 120 new jobs over the next five years.
“We’re excited to reach this phase of the transition,” said Cyndi Flannigan, Vice-President of Sales / Marketing for Walther Arms, Inc. “This will clearly distinguish the sales, marketing and service areas for Walther from Smith and Wesson which will simplify things for our customers and aid both brands in marketing their products. This is a very exciting time to be at Walther Arms and our industry.”
About Walther Arms
Entering its 130th year, Walther has earned the trust of law enforcement professionals, recreational shooters, and athletes through its line of reliable PPQ, PPS, and PPK pistols. Walther Arms manufactures and markets firearms of various calibers ranging from .22 to .40. For more information, visit www.WaltherArms.com.
Mark Thomas, Director of Marketing, Walther Arms, Inc.