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How It All Began

Back in 1970, Pete Shepley used to receive a lot of good-natured ribbing from his fellow product engineers at Magnavox Corporation about his devotion to designing archery related equipment during his lunch hour. Today, Pete heads the largest privately owned archery equipment manufacturing company in the country, devoting all his time to the development of the most advanced compound bows and related equipment ever produced.

In the early days, Pete experimented with new ideas for bow release aids, developed a plastic, flexible arrow vane to replace feathers, and eventually turned his design capabilities to the perfection of his first compound bow. This first bow was introduced to archers at an Indiana tournament. Within a week, he received orders for 200 just like it. The following two weeks he saw an additional 700 requests from across the country, simply from word-of-mouth advertising.

Born with humble beginnings in a 700-square foot building in Mahomet, Illinois, PSE was one of the first five companies to obtain licensing under the Allen Patent for compound bows. Of the original five, PSE is the only company still manufacturing compound bows.

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PSE - Now and Beyond

In 1982, PSE moved its entire operation - employees and all - to Tucson, Arizona, incorporaing the manufacturing and production in one location. As a sharp contrast to the modest 700 square foot original location, PSE's corporate offices, factory, and pro shop facilities practically fill an entire city block in central Tucson.

Archers can count on PSE to bring advanced manufacturing techniques to the industry. PSE was one of the first companies to machine bow risers and accessories from solid aluminum. PSE pioneered the four stage forging process for bow risers to create strong, lightweight bows.

PSE, as the industry's leading manufacturer, holds twenty patents for bow design and archery products. These improvements spread throughout the industry to everyone's benefit, not just PSE. "Research and development are the most expensive stages in manufacturing," Pete Shepley explains, "but we're committed to it and to making the whole industry grow, not just our slice of the pie."

The company is now nested in approximately 23,000 square feet of office space, and 120,000 square feet of manufacturing and warehouse space in beautiful Tucson, Arizona. As is tradition, incoming (raw materials) and out going (shipping) warehouses are located on opposite sides of the facility to streamline production.

The Factory Archery Range Archery Museum and Training The PSE Factory Pro Shop
Injection Molding String Assembly CNC Machining Center
Mach-X Risers The PSE Plant Camo Dipping Division