Industry veteran Kent Sakamoto has joined Hodgdon as its new Territory Sales Manager for the West Region.

Sakamoto has a consistent track record of business success in sales, marketing and product development over the course of his career, with shooting industry stints at RCBS/ATK/Vista, J Harding Associates and B&B Guns.

“As Hodgdon continues to grow, we decided to add a Territory Sales Manager for our West Region,” said Aaron Oelger, Vice President of Sales & Marketing. “Kent was the natural choice for this position. He is a longtime friend with a well-respected background in sales, as well as product development. He has a unique perspective of the reloading market and has a great reputation for product knowledge in the industry. His values match our values and he will be a fantastic asset in managing relationships with our customers.”

“I am extremely excited to join the team and to support the handloading and muzzleloader shooting communities in the west region,” Sakamoto said. “As a reloading market professional over the last 15-plus years, I developed a deep appreciation for the Hodgdon family, their employees and their values. I’m looking forward to working together as part of the Hodgdon team.”

Established in 1947 by Bruce and Amy Hodgdon, today, sons Bob and JB have grown Hodgdon Powder Company into the largest U.S. supplier of smokeless, blackpowder and blackpowder substitute propellants. The company distributes gunpowder under the Hodgdon, IMR, Winchester and Goex brands.

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