The Windham Weaponry Story...

A team of the finest firearms manufacturers in the U.S.A. has been re-assembled to bring to market the highest quality AR type rifle possible. These good Maine folks - most of whom are former employees of Bushmaster Firearms - offer many years of experience in the industry, and all look forward to working with you, to serving your needs, and to building you a great rifle.

When the people who bought Bushmaster in 2006 decided to move it “lock, stock and barrel” out of Maine to New York in 2011, the original Bushmaster owner, Mr. Richard Dyke was left with both a dilemma and an opportunity. Almost to the day of the 2011 move, Mr. Dyke’s non-compete clause expired. He still owned the property where Bushmaster had been built, and knew all the workers - now laid off - who had helped him build it. He made a decision to “get back in the game” and promptly put an email out to many of his former employees and friends asking if there was interest in joining him for a new project.

With a resounding “yes” of support, he gathered the financing in two days, and started bringing people back into their long-time Windham manufacturing home. Phoenix-like, Windham Weaponry was on the rise. Within three months, the first productions models of the new Windham Weaponry line had been perfected and delivered. Quality, fit, finish, durability, accuracy and value were all superb - giving credence to Windham Weaponry’s motto “The Quality Goes In, Before The Rifle Goes Out”.

The firearms industry and consumers welcomed this new effort warmly, old friends and contacts were re-established, and sales grew. In less than a year and a half, Windham Weaponry had brought back almost 70 employees, benchmarked impressive sales numbers, and established their name as one of the pre-eminent firearms manufacturers in the country.

The press heralded it as “truly an American success story”, and all due to the vision of its founder. Further growth for Windham Weaponry has already been planned and implemented.

Some of the members of the Windham Weaponry team are introduced below.

Richard Dyke Warren Dyke Allen Faraday Jeff Dyke Mark Eliason
I am Richard E. Dyke, Chairman & CEO. I was Chairman of Bushmaster and principal owner from 1976 to 2006! I’m very pleased to have brought this fine group back together, and I’m delighted at the progress and products we’ve made in such a short time. I am Warren Dyke, President. I’m excited to be involved with a company where the atmosphere is contagious from such engaged people, who are dedicated to quality and customer satisfaction. Employee Engagement – The difference between good companies and great companies! I am Allen Faraday, Executive VP of Operations, and I worked for the original Bushmaster for 14 years. I am excited to be back in the business with a great new company and a great team! I am Jeff Dyke and Treasurer, VP of Advertising and Development. I have worked for and been involved with the original Bushmaster company for over 25 years, and I am looking forward to helping build Windham Weaponry into another great company that we can all be proud of. I am Mark Eliason, VP of Sales & Marketing. I am excited to be starting a new adventure with my friends.
Yung Edwards Kim Burnham Cheryl Eliason Dale Lauten Doug Price
Hi, my name is Yung Edwards,Vice President and I was a manager for Bushmaster Carbon-15 Division for 5 years and I am excited to be given an opportunity to be part of a great team. My name is Kim Burnham, CFO. I have 8 years experience in the rifle industry. I am anxious to acquire & renew relationships with our future customers, vendors and employees. I am Cheryl Eliason, Customer Service Manager. I worked for Bushmaster Firearms in Customer Service for 12 years. I am looking forward to working with great people to offer you the best product and customer service with our new company. Hi my name is Dale Lauten, Invoicing/ Prod Planning Manager and I previously worked for Bushmaster for 21 years. I am so thrilled to be back in the gun business & looking forward to establishing ourselves as "THE BEST IN THE BUSINESS". Hi, I am Doug Price, Production Manager and I worked for Bushmaster for 17 years, first as an assembler and 11 years as Production Manager. I am excited and honored to be a part of Windham Weaponry and with fellow employees.
Erik Winter Glenn Edwards Roger Cote Jackie Eliason Sherrie Nickerson
Hi I am Erik Winter, Gunsmith/Tech Support. I worked previously for Bushmaster Firearms for 13 years as part of the production team and gunsmithing department. I am looking forward to helping provide excellent quality and customer service with this great new company and dedicated team! My name is Glenn Edwards, Maintenance Manager. As a member of the Bushmaster family for 12 years, it was hard to see it leave. But now I have the great honor to be a part of a whole new company in the gun industry. Hi my name is Roger Cote, Quality Control. I bring my 10 years of Military service and weapons repairs skill to a wonderful company - making what I believe are the best AR rifles on the market. I worked for Bushmaster for 3 years and look forward to many more years of making such great rifles for Windham Weaponry. Hi I am Jackie Eliason, Invoicing. After 17 years with Bushmaster in the Invoicing/Production Planning Dept I was sorry to see it end. Now with the start of Windham Weaponry I am very happy to be reunited with old friends and looking forward to getting started. Hello, I am Sherrie Nickerson, Purchasing Manager. I worked for Bushmaster for 13 years in Purchasing and I look forward to a bright future with a great team in our new company.
Emil Bradley Mary Galipeau Matt Hasty Nicole Caron Ron Roberts
Hi, I am Emil Braley, Assembly. I worked for Bushmaster for 8 years in production & assembly. I am proud to work for Windham Weaponry whose priority is the highest quality and dependability in the gun industry. Hi, I am Mary Galipeau, Compliance Manager and I was previously with Bushmaster Firearms for 10 years as the Compliance Specialist. I am looking forward to the exciting new challenge ahead. Hi, my name is Matt Hasty, Retail Sales Manager and I worked for Bushmaster for 12 years working in inventory control, customer service, sales and project management. I am very excited to be a part of Windham Weaponry and to have the opportunity to work with a great group of people. Hello, I am Nicole Caron, Accounting Assistant and this is a dream come true to work with such a great team. I previously worked for Bushmaster Firearms for 10 years. I am very excited to be part of this new adventure with Windham Weaponry. Hi I’m Ron Roberts, Customer Service. I worked for Bushmaster for 12 years until the company closed here. I’m thankful to Mr. Dyke and his family for this opportunity to bring 12 years of production experience to this new company, and once again to be associated with a great group of men and women that I’ve known for a very long time.
Matt Snow Ted Lauten Leon Douglas Joel Sanborn Mary Howard
My Name is Matt Snow and I’m an engineer here at Windham Weaponry.  I’m new to this incredible manufacturing family.  I can say without a doubt that this group contains the most dedicated, motivated, and passionate people I’ve met.  Those qualities are reflected in our product and I feel honored to be a part of it all. Hi my name is Ted Lauten, Transportation. I previously worked for Bushmaster for 17 years. I am looking forward to working again with my gun family & providing the best product possible. Hi, my name is Leon Douglas, Shipping / Receiving Manager. I worked for Bushmaster Firearms for 9 years and am very excited to be involved with this new company as a member of this great team. My name is Joel Sanborn, Assembly. I’m happy to once again be a part of a group of talented people that have nearly 400 combined years of experience in the firearms business. Hi, I am Mary Howard, Outsourcing Department.  I was previously with Bushmaster for 7 years.  I am fortunate to be part of this great company, with a very talented group of people.  I look forward to watching Windham Weaponry shine with our exceptional product and customer service.
Percy Dieppa Karen Fogarty Todd Coons Pete Kloeber Eric Jacobs
I am Percy Dieppa, Information Technology Manager and I worked for Bushmaster 12 years. I am elated to have the opportunity to be part of this great team. I am extremely proud of everyone's dedication and attention to detail. That is what makes a company a great company! Hello, I am Karen Fogarty, Assistant to VP Sales & Marketing. I worked for Bushmaster for 6 years, first as Executive Administrator and then managing HR. While it was sad to see that chapter close, I am proud to be a part of the Windham Weaponry team of extraordinary people dedicated to providing an exceptional product backed by outstanding customer service. My Name is Todd Coons, Vice President, LE Sales and after a long career as a police officer with the City of Portland, I welcomed the opportunity to begin a new career with a fantastic company. I bring my experience as a police officer to better help meet the needs of Law Enforcement departments and officers all around the country. I’m Pete Kloeber, Assembly. Working for Bushmaster in quality and transportation for 10 years was my privilege.  I look forward to a bright future with Windham Weaponry. Eric Jacobs, Buyer. I am honored to be a part of the Windham Weaponry team.  It is exciting to once again work in the firearms industry and to represent a company that I am proud to be a part of.
Chris Ela Cindy Thompson Sue Viherek Monty Hoskins Bill Buchanan
Hi, I’m Chris Ela, Quality Control.  It is no wonder we have such a quality rifle when you consider the quality people that make it.  I am very glad and excited to be one of them.  If you enjoy what you do every day,  then it isn’t considered a job. Hi, I’m Cindy Thompson, Invoicing and I worked for Bushmaster Firearms for 12 years.  I worked in the Accounts Receivable Department for 10 years and in Production for 2 years.  I am excited to be part of an exceptional team and looking forward to a long and bright future at Windham Weaponry. I’m Sue Viherek, Assembly, I just want to say how happy and proud I am to be back with the Dyke Family and their new adventure, Windham Weaponry.  The people, the quality and the pride that goes into everything we build is to say the least….AMAZING! Monty Hoskins, Transportation. I and one of the few who are new to this group and I must say that what I have experienced as an employee of Windham Weaponry is a shining example of how treating people with respect and dignity within the work environment translates into incredible products and powerful community spirit. Hi, I am Bill Buchanan, Assembly and I worked for Bushmaster for 12 years. Im really enthused about the new company and making another superior product with a knowledgeable group of professional employees.
Dan Watson Jon Clark Jason Truman Jeff Waters Scott Barter
Dan Watson, Shipping. Thanks to Mr. Dyke and the ownership group for starting this new business.  Thanks for letting  me come back and work with this great group of people.  Thanks to the customers who have found us and appreciate what we're doing here in Windham, Maine. My name is Jon Clark, Marketing Graphics Manager. After creating ads, images and catalogs for Bushmaster for almost 15 years, I was delighted to be asked to do the same for Windham Weaponry. I truly believe we are building a better rifle, and you couldn't find a better group of people to create a great American success story. My name is Jason Truman. I have worked as a member of the production department going on four years. My pride and dedication in this company and the ability to produce an elite product is what makes this experience second to none. Jeff Waters, Production. Windham Weaponry has a great team atmosphere where every person is working toward the same goal of quality weapons. I am proud to say I am part of this team Hi my name is Scott Barter, Assembly. Working for the old company was a great chance to learn about firearms and meet a great team. Providing a high quality product with this Windham Weaponry team is a dream!