Alpen Optics closed its door Wednesday, ceasing operations and ending 22 years in the outdoor accessory business.
The company said many factors went into the decision to shut down manufacturing and sales to include family health issues, a difficult business climate, competition and factory production challenges.
Alpen Optics first opened its doors in 1996, offering quality optics such as binoculars, spotting scopes, riflescopes and accessories to hunters, wildlife watchers and outdoor enthusiasts. Alpen has been the recipient of a number of awards throughout the years celebrating its commitment to quality and affordability.
Owners Tim and Vickie Gardner said the decision to end operations was a tough one, due to the company’s loyal customer base, but that the time had come to pursue other endeavors.
“I want to express my love and gratitude to all the awesome friends I’ve made over the last 22 years,” Vickie Garner said in a press release. “It is now time to start a new chapter in our lives, and we sincerely thank you for your past support and friendship. Happy trails to you until we meet again.”
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