Powell “Free AR-15 Roofing Company” Still in Business; Co-Founder Pushes Back Against Social Media Attacks

Powell “Free AR-15 Roofing Company” Still in Business; Co-Founder Pushes Back Against Social Media Attacks

By Wendy Corr, Cowboy State Daily A construction company that won global attention when it offered a free rifle with every new roof is now the target of customer ire because of project delays. However, the remaining partner in Wiggins Construction in Powell said the reports have amounted to exaggerations and half-truths. “I’m basically just doing my best at this point, trying to keep up with what I can, to do what I can to try to basically resolve what we have left,” says Josh Wiggins, who with his brother Todd co-founded Wiggins Construction in 2013. “We’ve not backed out of any contracts, we’re just behind because we’ve lost our employees… and so we’re doing our best to resolve our issues and to keep moving forward.” This spring, as a marketing campaign, the company offered customers who ordered a new roof or new building a free AR-15 rifle. And for a few months, it worked great. Wiggins Construction was a media darling for the Fox News audience. The stance of the owners on Second Amendment rights was popular with conservative Americans, and support came from around the world. “Somebody sent a message from the UK, saying ‘Hey, come do my roof, you know, we can’t own an AR-15 here’,” Matt Thomas, then-marketing director for Wiggins Construction, told Cowboy State Daily in April. At the time, the promotion did what it was meant to do — the company lined up job after job. But Josh said troubles began when the […]

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