Action Target

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Action Target
Industry Manufacturing
Founded Provo, Utah, United States (1986 (1986))
Founder Kyle Bateman, Addison Sovine
Headquarters Provo, Utah, United States
Area served
Key people
Kyle Bateman, John Curtis, Addison Sovine, Tom Wright
Products Shooting ranges
Services Shooting range training
Number of employees
Divisions Academy
Law Enforcement
Customer Service
Research and Development

Action Target is a manufacturer of custom shooting ranges and portable steel targets for military, law enforcement, Special Forces groups, tactical training schools, and commercial applications based in Provo, Utah.[3][4][5] Since its founding in 1985, Action Target has increased its inventory to include over 4,000 products. The company designs, delivers, and installs indoor and outdoor range equipment throughout the world.

Prior to serving as mayor of Provo City, John Curtis was a partner and the Chief Operating Officer of the company.[6][7]


Action Target was founded in 1986 by Kyle Bateman and Addison Sovine to address a need they saw with law enforcement training,[8] and operated out of Bateman's bedroom at first.[3] They soon moved to a larger facility near the Interstate 15 freeway in Provo before moving to a manufacturing facility nearby next to a residential neighborhood.[8]

In 1989, the company moved to manufacturing facilities on the west side of Provo on property which used to house a wrecking yard. Throughout the next fifteen years, Action Target expanded and built several large buildings to house its manufacturing. In late 2003 or early 2004, the company donated land to Provo City in order to extend the street and provide an alternate route for delivery trucks, as well as offering to purchase properties to create a buffer zone between its facilities and those of residential neighbors.[2]

The company produced two bullet-proof training villages for use by the U.S. Army in 2005, a contract worth $3 million. U.S Congressman, Chris Cannon, participated in a demonstration of a similar facility created for use by Utah County police departments, including those from Provo, Brigham Young University, and Orem.[9]

In 2007, the city of Provo began consideration of purchasing the property where Action Target was located in west Provo.[10] The property owned by the company in west Provo was approved for purchase by the end of that same year.[11] The city of Provo then approved several bonds in November as incentives for Action Target to move to a new industrial park in the southeast corner of the city.[5][12]

The new industrial business park is the former home of an iron mill closed down in the 1960s.[13] Provo City allowed Action Target to use its tax-exempt status to help secure financing for the costs of moving and building the new facility in the industrial park. The industrial park was part of an infrastructure improvement paid for by a $2 million federal grant.[1]

After breaking ground in September 2008,[14] the company began building a new facility which significantly increased its office space and manufacturing capacity. The new building allowed the company to have all their facilities in one location.[15] They began moving into the new facility in August 2009 and officially opened the new facility in November that same year.[16]


Action Target has built some of the largest shooting ranges in the world, including the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center, the range at the FBI Academy, Sûreté du Québec, the United States Secret Service, and the Los Angeles Police Department Training Center.[4][8] Between 2000 and 2008, the company was awarded $42.9 million in government contracts.[17][18] In late 2004, the company completed an 11-building training facility for use in Iraq by the multi-national forces stationed there.[19] The company trains members of law enforcement agencies from around the world, according to its website.[20]

Environmental impact[edit]

Residential neighbors of Action Target's former facilities in west Provo often complained to police and to the city council in 2004 and 2005 about noise, paint fumes, and other pollution,[2][9][21] as well as damage caused to fences by delivery trucks[9][22] and firing of guns for testing.[23] The company has been cited on at least one occasion.[13][24]

Provo City followed up in June 2004 with a list of issues with which the company had to comply.[25] Two local residents photographed employees of Action Target painting outside in September 2005, which they claimed was against the zoning for the area. The residents were members of a neighborhood watch program, and one was later dismissed from the program by the Provo Police.[26] The new facility in southeast Provo is in an industrial business park with no residential areas nearby.[15]

Action Target was mentioned in a 2009 USA Today report as emitting the chemical xylene,[27] which has been shown to cause many different negative health effects.


  1. ^ a b Leong, Grace (November 21, 2007). "Provo supports $9M bond for Action Target". The Daily Herald. Retrieved March 16, 2010. 
  2. ^ a b c Hill, Justin (February 7, 2004). "Residents voice concern over business". The Daily Herald. p. D4. Retrieved March 16, 2010. 
  3. ^ a b Dana, Jens (June 30, 2008). "Action Target breaks ground for new facility". Deseret Morning News. Archived from the original on March 9, 2010. Retrieved March 9, 2010. 
  4. ^ a b "About Action Target". Action Target. 2007. Archived from the original on March 9, 2010. Retrieved March 9, 2010. 
  5. ^ a b October 22, 2011. Archived from the original on December 19, 2011. Retrieved December 19, 2011
  6. ^ Meyers, Donald W. (December 31, 2009). "Meet the new mayor of Provo: John Curtis". Salt Lake Tribune. Archived from the original on March 9, 2010. Retrieved March 9, 2010. 
  7. ^ Walch, Tad (December 7, 2008). "Curtis will run for Provo mayor". Deseret Morning News. Archived from the original on March 9, 2010. Retrieved March 9, 2010. 
  8. ^ a b c Leong, Grace (March 14, 2004). "Action Target aims to improve shooting range equipment". The Daily Herald. p. E1. Retrieved March 16, 2010. 
  9. ^ a b c Walch, Tad (August 25, 2005). "Cannon joins raid, fires gun at target . . .". Deseret Morning News. Retrieved March 16, 2010. 
  10. ^ "Provo Council to talk on Action Target deal". Deseret Morning News. August 7, 2007. Retrieved March 9, 2010. 
  11. ^ Billings, Lewis K. (January 17, 2008). "Partial List of Accomplishments for 2007 by Department and/or Division". Provo City. Archived from the original on March 9, 2010. Retrieved March 9, 2010. 
  12. ^ Leong, Grace (November 20, 2007). "UPDATE: Provo votes to support $9M bond for Action Target". The Daily Herald. Retrieved March 16, 2010. 
  13. ^ a b Johnson, Nathan (July 30, 2007). "Provo OKs $3.3M deal with target company". The Daily Herald. p. A1. Retrieved March 16, 2010. 
  14. ^ "Action target". Utah Business. September 2008. Retrieved March 9, 2010. 
  15. ^ a b Olson, Debbi (October 6, 2008). "Shooting range manufacturer to more than double size in Provo". The Enterprise. Retrieved March 9, 2010. 
  16. ^ "Local Industry News and Notes". The Daily Herald. November 12, 2009. Retrieved May 9, 2010. 
  17. ^ "ACTION TARGET INC/ATI - PROVO, UT - $6,208,122 in Defense Contracts in 2008". December 31, 2008. Archived from the original on March 9, 2010. Retrieved March 9, 2010. 
  18. ^ "Proven Solutions". Action Target (Promotional booklet). Provo, Utah: Action Target. 2008. pp. 3–4. 
  19. ^ Hill, Justin (November 2, 2004). "Provo company finishes project for troops". The Daily Herald. p. D1. Retrieved March 16, 2010. 
  20. ^ "Law Enforcement Training Camp". Action Target. Archived from the original on May 28, 2017. Retrieved May 28, 2017. 
  21. ^ Hill, Justin (April 18, 2004). "Provo business has some in an uproar". The Daily Herald. p. C1. Retrieved March 16, 2010. 
  22. ^ Baker, Sylvia (May 12, 2004). "Action Target poses safety hazards in neighborhood". The Daily Herald. p. A6. Retrieved March 16, 2010. 
  23. ^ Taylor, Jenny (May 21, 2004). "Action Target making life dangerous for neighbors". The Daily Herald. p. A6. Retrieved March 16, 2010. 
  24. ^ Johnson, Rashae Ophus (September 27, 2005). "Company denies zoning violation". The Daily Herald. p. D1. Retrieved March 16, 2010. 
  25. ^ Hill, Justin (September 23, 2005). "Action Target obeys request that it file for permit". The Daily Herald. p. D2. Retrieved March 16, 2010. 
  26. ^ Johnson, Rashae Ophus (September 23, 2005). "Complaints leave residents fuming". The Daily Herald. p. D1. Retrieved March 16, 2010. 
  27. ^ "Action Target: Industry: All Other Miscellaneous Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing". USA Today. 2009. Archived from the original on March 9, 2010. Retrieved March 9, 2010. 

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Coordinates: 40°11′34″N 111°37′08″W / 40.1929°N 111.6188°W / 40.1929; -111.6188