Kimber, Mfg., Inc., the manufacturer of 1911 handguns and other firearms, hired Chris Klope as chief operating officer, succeeding outgoing COO Dennis Dougherty, who is transitioning to Kimber’s board.

As COO, Klope is tasked with maintaining and expanding business operations at its various facilities in the U.S., which includes oversight of internal operations, engineering, manufacturing, quality, shipping, and product services.

“We are excited to bring on Chris Klope as the new COO of Kimber,” said Leslie Edelman, president and CEO, Kimber. “He has vast experience in the world of manufacturing and a career reputation for impactful business results. We look forward to Chris elevating Kimber to new heights.”