The Company was founded in 1960 when a man and his two sons working on a Junior Achievement Project, created a personal tear gas protection device called a Pen Gun. As the story goes, the black and white pen-like device reminded the boys of a penguin-- Penguin Industries was born. During its first decade the company expanded its interests from the manufacture of Pen Guns to the production of tear gas products, signal flares, and various pyrotechnics for the United States government and law enforcement agencies. In 1969 Penguin acquired the Frank A. Hoppe Company. Penguin grew Hoppe's into the world's largest and most respected manufacturer of gun care products and shooting
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