Leupold & Stevens

Leupold & Stevens

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name = Leupold & Stevens, Inc.
type = Incorporated
foundation = 1907
location_city = Beaverton, Oregon
location_country = United States
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industry = Optics and lenses
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num_employees = 600 (2002)
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slogan = America's Optics Authority
homepage = http://www.leupold.com/
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Leupold & Stevens, Inc. is a manufacturer of telescopic sights, red dot sights, spotting scopes, and binoculars located in Beaverton, Oregon, United States. The company, started in 1907, is family owned and has been run by five generations of the family.Leeson, Fred. All in the family. "The Oregonian", November 17 1996.]


Leupold & Stevens was originally founded by Markus Friedrich (Fred) Leupold and his brother-in-law Adam Voelpel in 1907, under the name Leupold & Voelpel. At the time, the company specialized in the repair of survey equipment.Marks, Anita. [http://www.bizjournals.com/portland/stories/1997/02/17/focus1.html Origin of the Species.] "Portland Business Journal", February 14 1997.] In 1911, Leupold & Voelpel was contracted by John Cyprain (J.C.) Stevens to manufacture a water level recorder he had designed and patented. After the initial success of the product, he was made partner in 1914 and the company was renamed Leupold, Voelpel, and Co. Stevens, John Cyprain. "The Autobiography of a Civil Engineer", published 1959.] Besides the first water level recorder, the company invented several other innovative pieces of equipment, such as the Telemark water recorder which was patented in 1939.Stevens, John Cyprain. "The Autobiography of a Civil Engineer", published 1959.] This device could transmit water level information via telephone, allowing for remote monitoring of water resources to become feasible.

In 1942, the company name was changed to its present form, Leupold & Stevens. Surveying equipment, rifle scopes, and related products are sold under the "Leupold" name, while water monitoring instrumentation, such as level and flow recorders, are marketed under the "Stevens" brand.Stevens, John Cyprain. "The Autobiography of a Civil Engineer", published 1959.]

After World War II Leupold & Stevens began making gun scopes after Marcus Leupold failed to hit a deer with his rifle. His scope fogged up and is reported to exclaim "Hell! I could build a better scope than this!" as the deer bounded off.Van Zwoll, Wayne. "Leupold & Stevens...The First Century", published 2007] By 1979 the Leupold scopes were generating twice the total revenue of Stevens instruments. Leupold finally sold off their water monitoring division, Stevens Water Monitoring Systems Inc., in 1998. [Brinckman, Jonathan. Firm no longer out of its depth in digital age Scott South modernizes Stevens Water Monitoring of Beaverton. "The Oregonian", March 10 2006.]

In 1969, the company acquired a majority interest in the company Nosler Bullets (also a family company), and then sold off their portion in 1988. Other ventures include Biamp Systems 1985-1986 makers of sound equipment and Fabmark 1984-1990 a sheet metal fabrication division that serviced high technology companies.Colby, Richard. Leupold & Stevens consolidates, returns to optical roots, success. "The Oregonian", November 16, 1990.]

By 1996, the company had sales of $100 million. In 1998, the water monitoring portion of Leupold & Stevens was spun off into its own privately held Portland-based business, Stevens Water Monitoring Systems, inc., with Leupold & Stevens also retaining the “Stevens” name as part of their corporate identity. In 2002, Leupold & Stevens won a Wausau Insurance Gold Award for workplace safety at the company’s factory. [ [http://www.bizjournals.com/portland/stories/2002/09/23/daily15.html Leupold & Stevens recognized for workplace safety.] "Portland Business Journal", September 24 2002.] By 2006, the company employed 600 people at its Beaverton facility. [Monroe, Bill. Oregon firms get SHOT in arm. "The Oregonian", February 27 2006.] The company is now in its fifth generation of ownership.


The company’s gun scopes are used by organizations such as the United States Army, the Secret Service, and the Navy SEALS. [ World-class Oregon. "The Oregonian", October 2 2005.] The United States Navy and the Marine Corps also use their scopes. [Woodward, Steve. Military shops in Oregon. "The Oregonian", October 14 2001.] Leupold & Stevens also manufactures binoculars for sport hunting.


External links

* [http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m0BQY/is_5_47/ai_72407699 Guns Magazine]
* [http://www.leupold.com Leupold & Stevens]

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