Tampa, FL – Today, the Tampa Bay Young Republicans along with local county and state legislators have signed a letter addressed to executives at Magpul Industries Corp. of Colorado in an effort to earn their consideration of Hillsborough County as the site of their new manufacturing operations and corporate headquarters.
According to its website, “Magpul was founded in 1999 with the intent of developing a simple device to aid in the manipulation of rifle magazines while reloading under stress. The company’s name comes from this original product called the Magpul®. Over the last decade Magpul has continued to grow and develop using much the same mission and process with a focus on innovation, simplicity, and efficiency.”
On March 18, Magpul Industries Corp. announced via their Facebook page that due to Colorado Governor Hickenlooper’s signing of HB 1224 which limits firearm magazine capacities – their core business – that they would be relocating their manufacturing operations to a location to be determined 30 days from the signing of the bill.
“As the saying goes, their loss is our gain, and we have an incredible opportunity to attract hundreds of manufacturing jobs and one of the country’s largest defense contractors to Hillsborough County.” said Jonathan Torres, President of the Tampa Bay Young Republicans.” We are fortunate that like us, we have community leaders that have seen this great opportunity and joined us in this effort to attract such a perfect business partner for the Tampa Bay area.” said Torres.
Joining the Tampa Bay Young Republicans in this appeal is Hillsborough Board of County Commissioners Chairman Ken Hagan, and State Representatives Dana Young and James Grant. “The Tampa Bay region is a natural fit for Magpul Industries as it searches for a new place to call home.” says Grant. “Florida has a tremendous record of protecting Second Amendment rights and would welcome Magpul with open arms.”
Hillsborough County is currently home to MacDill Air Force Base, whose mission is to support the United States Central Command (USCENTCOM), United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM), Special Operations Command Central (SOCCENT), and much more. The Tampa Bay Young Republicans are certain that this will be a great opportunity to create post-military service careers for many veterans of MacDill Air Force Base and help keep them in our community.
Magpul’s website reads, “There is something to be said for great ideas, however, ideas are nothing more than dreams until they are realized in a form that is accessible to the marketplace. Magpul is known for its creative design solutions, and we are proud of our accomplishments in this arena not only because they are novel, but because we have successfully turned many of our dreams into reality.”
Tampa is hoping one of their great ideas, which turns into a reality, is a move to the sunshine state.
To view the letter sent to the executives of Magpul Industries Corp. click here.
About the Tampa Bay Young Republicans
The Tampa Bay Young Republicans is a social, philanthropic, and activist organization serving young professionals between the ages of 18 and 40 in the Tampa Bay region of Florida. TBYR’s mission is to create a network of politically conservative-minded individuals promoting Republican philosophies, values, and those candidates running under the Republican Party. For more information visit www.tbyr.com.