Mr Weatherby said: We have decided to cease trading and are in the process of finishing off stock and things like that.
Basically we've decided to close down before someone else forced us to while we are solvent rather than insolvent. One of the main reasons is for the employees who work here.
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The affected rifles were originally sold through licensed gun dealers nationwide, and some of them may have been resold by the original owners through retail gun dealers, trade shows or privately.
If you have sold, traded or given away an affected Vanguard® by Weatherby rifle, it is important for you to forward this Safety Notice to the current owner. Please do not return your Vanguard® by Weatherby bolt to the factory before contacting us at either or 1-800-227-2018 for your Bolt Return Kit.
Weatherby apologizes for any inconvenience to its customers resulting from this safety upgrade program, but it is important that owners of affected rifles take advantage of this free upgrade program and do not use an affected rifle before it has been upgraded.
At its height the company employed 200, but the figure was down to 50 at the turn of the year and now stands at 10.
One of the last remaining family-owned pottery firms is to close after more than a century.
J H Weatherby and Sons in Hanley is currently being run down and is will soon cease trading after 109 years.
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