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Kimber Announces Chris Klope as New Chief Operating Officer

TROY, AL, Jan. 11, 2022 — Kimber, Mfg., Inc., the world’s largest manufacturer of premium 1911 handguns and other fine firearms, announces Chris Klope as the new Chief Operating Officer (COO). Chris Klope will succeed outgoing COO Dennis Dougherty who is transitioning to Kimber’s board.

As COO, Klope is tasked with maintaining and expanding Kimber’s operations at its various facilities across the United States, which includes oversight of all internal operations, engineering, manufacturing, quality, and shipping, as well as product services.

“We are excited to bring on Chris Klope as the new COO of Kimber,” said Leslie Edelman, CEO and President of Kimber. “He has vast experience in the world of manufacturing and a career reputation of impactful business results. We look forward to Chris elevating Kimber to new heights.”

Klope’s extensive background is comprised of two decades of leadership experience including executive roles in diverse manufacturing and industrial distribution companies. Klope has generated aggressive growth through operational excellence and superior customer satisfaction. This same experience will help bring Kimber manufacturing practices to the next level, and further raise the bar in terms of what customers can expect when purchasing any of Kimber’s exemplary products.

Complimenting Klope’s leadership and business experience is his distinguished education. With an MBA from Washington University’s Olin Business School in St. Louis, Missouri, combined with his knowledge in the shooting sports as an avid target shooter, Kimber will flourish under Chris Klope’s leadership as it continues to produce What All Guns Should Be™.

Kimber Mfg., Inc. is an American company that designs and manufactures premium firearms for individual, sporting, law enforcement and military markets. Complete information on Kimber firearms, accessories and Less-Lethal products is available at or by phone from Kimber in-house staff at +1 (888) 243-4522. A detailed product catalog is available upon request. Kimber can also be found on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Instagram.


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