SilencerCo founders step down, shift focus
By Christen Smith
Jonathon Shults, left, and Joshua Waldron, right, founded the Utah-based SilencerCo in a garage in 2008. (Photo: American Shooting Journal)
SilencerCo started the search for a new CEO this month after its founding leadership stepped down to pursue different roles within the company.
Joshua Waldron and Jonathon Shults resigned from their respective positions as chief executive officer and president this week, a decade after welding together their first suppressor in a garage in Utah.
Five years later, Inc. Magazine named SilencerCo one of America’s fastest growing companies. By 2016, the manufacturer employed 300 and shipped 10,000 suppressors of all kinds every month, Guns.com previously reported.
SilencerCo also became invested in state and federal gun policy, joining alongside the National Rifle Association and the American Suppressor Association to expand access to silencers across the country. Waldron — a leading voice behind the Hearing Protection Act — said he will dedicate his time serving as the company’s senior advocacy advisor to furthering firearms legislation.
“After years of grit and hard work, SilencerCo is poised to succeed,” he said. “It is now time for me to turn my focus to advocacy for the company and its industry. Resigning from my current duties as CEO will allow for more time spent in the