Crosman Corporation celebrated Independence Day by participating in Fairport, New York’s annual Fourth of July parade, giving a nod to the company’s history in the village.
Fred Crosman established the Crosman Seed company in 1838, passing the business to his sons, Charles and George. In 1923 the company produced its first pellets and airgun rifle. With the great popularity of the model 111-116 CO2 guns and a contract from Sears for catalog sales, Crosman Arms moved from East Rochester into a 50,000 sq ft factory along the Erie Canal in Fairport in 1952.
Roy Stefanko, VP of Marketing, along with many employees participated in the parade. “Fairport played a crucial role in the company’s history at a time when Crosman was experiencing tremendous growth. Participating in the parade lets us acknowledge that history and show our appreciation to the community,” said Stefanko.
Mark DeBoard, Shooting Services Manager, drove the official Crosman mobile shooting range in the parade. “We take this truck and trailer across the country every year to retailer events, Boy Scouts, 4-H and similar events in an effort to promote the shooting sports and airguns and airsoft in particular,” said DeBoard.
The Crosman truck is currently on display at this weekend’s Northeast Regional Field Target Championship on Crosman’s world headquarters campus in Bloomfield. The event is open to the public with the first round of the rifle match beginning at 9am Saturday followed by the pistol match at 1:30 (approximate). The second round of the rifle match is Sunday morning at 9am.