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Mar 22, 2012 - By Steven R. Peck

Some of the best news a community can get comes when a local employer finds a way to expand.

When that expansion involves a modern, clean, technology-oriented company, so much the better.

So three cheers, and then some, for Riverton-based Brunton Outdoor Group, which confirmed last week that it is centering all manufacturing of what promises to be an iconic line of Brunton compasses not in China, but in the United States, in Wyoming, in Fremont County.

Brunton's new OSS compass line (add the B for Brunton and it becomes the BOSS brand) is now in production at Brunton's modern facility in the Central Wyoming College Industrial Park in west Riverton.

The anticipated expansion could well bring an employment spurt of 50 new jobs.

In January, when President Obama gave his State of the Union address, he made special mention of the move by Master Lock Corp. in Milwaukee to return about 100 jobs to that city that had been in China for years.

Well, Mr. President, here's a success story that might be just as good -- maybe better. We're a lot smaller than Milwaukee (and we aren't a swing state in the 2012 election either), but this is the kind of economic development that warrants wide attention.

And it is happening here.

It was with good reason, wonderful reason, fabulous reason, then, that Riverton Mayor Ron Warpness declared last Wednesday "Brunton Day" in Riverton. Congratulations to this local company with a worldwide reputation for a courageous and innovative decision that has boosted the community in more ways than one.

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