This article was originally posted on Guns.com
Two companies known for keeping guns clean joined forces earlier this month. Otis Technology acquired Shooter’s Choice Jan. 16, bringing the company’s array of lubricants and aerosols — popular among hunters, shooters, law enforcement and military professionals — under Otis’s umbrella of gun cleaning kits.
“We are very excited for this opportunity,” said Leonard Puzzuoli, CEO of Otis Technology. “The Shooter’s Choice and Otis Technology brands complement each other well. Where Otis has excelled in gun cleaning kits and accessories, Shooter’s Choice has done the same in gun care cleaners, lubricants and protectants. We look forward to building upon the Shooter’s Choice brand and product assortment.”
Joe Ventimiglia, president of Shooter’s Choice, founded the company with his brother in Middlefield, Ohio in 1983.
“My brother and I have built a company and brand that we are proud of,” he said. “We have reached the next chapter in our lives – retirement – and we couldn’t think of a better company to carry on the Shooter’s Choice name than Otis Technology.”
“We practically grew up together,” said Lawrence Williams, an advisory board member for Otis Technology. “We started our companies around the same time. We attended the same trade shows, often having booths right next to each other. We became friends over the years despite technically being competitors.”
Otis Technology’s roots in upstate New York reach back to 1985 when Williams’s 16-year-old sister, Doreen Garrett, started the company in their parent’s home in Leyden. Otis’s headquarters in Lyon Falls, New York is less than 10 miles away.
The company remains the largest private employer in southern Lewis County, according to the Watertown Daily Times. Director of Commercial Sales Frank Devlin told the newspaper the company will transfer Shooter’s Choice’s blending and bottling operation in Ohio to an Otis facility in Phoenix. No word yet on how the merger will impact staffing levels.