Thompson/Center Arms Company Inc., a Smith & Wesson Company,  has named John MacLellan to the newly created role of Director of Sales for Thompson/Center Arms. The company also announced that it has entered into agreement with three manufacturer’s representative agencies to sell the Thompson/Center Arms product line and support key initiatives with distributors and retailers.

The new sales organization, which includes relationships with Dunkin-Lewis, Inc., J Harding Associates, and Sportco Marketing, Inc., and the ongoing relationship with the Graywood Sporting Group, will provide Thompson/Center Arms with expanded representation across the United States and Canada.

The new Thompson/Center Arms Sales organization, led by MacLellan, will be responsible for ongoing sales growth efforts and for establishing accessory merchandising initiatives. As the company continues to develop high quality products, the newly formed sales organization will provide Thompson/Center with increased visibility in the marketplace and increased support for distributors and retailers.

“Having served as a National Account Manager for Smith & Wesson and having amassed 20 years of experience in sales and sales leadership, John is well qualified for this new role,” said Leland Nichols, Smith & Wesson’s Senior Vice President, Sales & Marketing. “Prior to joining Smith & Wesson, John held sales positions at both Anderson Windows and Timbron International, where he was instrumental in developing new sales tools and expanding the retail network of both companies.”

Nichols continued, “We are also excited about the addition of Dunkin-Lewis, Sportco Marketing, J Harding Associates, and our continued relationship with the Graywood Sporting Group in Canada. These companies are among the pillars of our industry. Together, they provide us with more than 70 sales representatives with centuries of cumulative sales and promotion experience in the hunting market. As the Thompson/Center product line continues to evolve and expand, the talent and market savvy that these companies bring to the team will complement our growth objectives.”

The Thompson/Center Sales organization will actively promote the company’s traditional line of hunting firearms and interchangeable firearms platforms while expanding industry awareness of the four new models introduced earlier this year. At the 2009 SHOT Show, Thompson/Center introduced four new models that expand the company’s portfolio of high-quality hunting products at various price points.