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Warne Manufacturing Purchases Bold Ideas, Adds Aluminum Manufacturing Capabilities
TUALATIN, Oregon -Warne Manufacturing, known for the manufacturing of premium steel scope rings and bases as well as OEM components and assemblies for other companies, yesterday announced the acquisition of the aluminum products manufacturing facility Bold Ideas.
Bold Ideas (BI) is an Oregon based manufacturer that caters to the shooting sports, aviation, motorcycle and automotive industries. The core competency at BI is innovative design, prototyping and development with the capacity to manufacture at production levels from one to infinity while still staying competitive. The acquisition of BI by Warne is a strategic move to aid Warne in achieving ultra fast prototyping and development of mounting systems and to expand Warne's ability to manufacture aluminum components more efficiently. BI will also provide capacity to manufacture these items as well as a wide variety of other components for Warne.
Warne manufacturers and distributes innovative scope mounts, rings and bases as well as providing quick turn around in development of custom mounting solutions. Previously limited to mostly steel components, the acquisition will allow Warne to provide lighter weight aluminum products and increase production yet maintain their reputation for quality, durability and reliability.
Warne began operations in 1990 and will soon celebrate its 20th anniversary. The company was acquired by Charles F. Lake in 2001 and in 2005, needing to expand manufacturing facilities, was moved to its present location in Tualatin, Oregon.
Dave Wilcox, previously General Manager for Warne has been promoted to Vice President of both Warne and BI. "Acquiring the manufacturing capabilities of Bold Ideas will allow us to do some really exciting things" said Wilcox. "I see great potential for the development of products where the strength and accompanying weight of steel simply is not necessary. We're really looking forward to the possibilities of new and lighter products we couldn't do before. We look at this acquisition as sort of a marriage because all previous management, employees and owners of both companies were retained, thus creating great potential and possibilities."
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