Hodgdon, The Brand That’s True®, announced Chris Hodgdon’s retirement from full-time service at Hodgdon. Mr. Hodgdon assumed a seat on the Hodgdon Board of Directors effective Jan. 1, 2019 and has now completed his transition out of day-to-day responsibilities at the company.
Mr. Hodgdon served in many roles over the last 26 years – from media & public relations to sales – and his daily presence in the office will be missed by his coworkers. “I want to express my deep appreciation for the opportunity to work with and benefit from the talented team at Hodgdon,” said Chris Hodgdon. “It has been an honor to represent the third generation of Hodgdons at the company my grandad founded. I have been blessed by the opportunities to work with writers, gunshop owners and other shooting industry professionals.”
Tom Shepherd, Chairman of the Board of Directors at Hodgdon said, “I remember the day Chris came to work at Hodgdon, and over the years, I have been consistently impressed by his focus on our customers and his genuine appreciation for the shooting industry. His passion for our customers and the shooting consumer is so evident, and this has resulted in great first impressions with writers, dealers and customers that has been beneficial to his career and our business. I am gratified we will have his strategic focus on our Board going forward.”
“One of the first things I noticed about Chris was his passion for reloading and the shooting sports – it was just immediately apparent,” said Steve Kehrwald, President & CEO of Hodgdon. “His presence in our office since 1993, and his knowledge of reloading and the Hodgdon culture, will serve him well in his new role on the Board of Directors.”
Established in 1947 by Bruce and Amy Hodgdon, today, sons J.B. and Bob have grown Hodgdon Powder Company into the largest U.S. supplier of smokeless and blackpowder substitute propellants. The company distributes gunpowder under the Hodgdon®, IMR®, Ramshot®, Acccurate®, Winchester®, Pyrodex®, Triple Seven® and Blackhorn 209® brands.