HEBER CITY, Utah – After 32 years, the Nitro-Pak Preparedness Center is going out of business.
Affiliate partners of the company learned of the news from an e-mail with the subject head: “SAYING GOOD-BYE!! Thanks For the Memories!!” The majority of customers learned of the news through a personal letter posted on the Nitro-Pak web page from Harry Weyandt, the company founder and CEO.
Despite the fact that it appears the survival gear retailer had not posted a video on its Youtube channel in over a year, and its Facebook marketing activity slowed from a new post virtually every other day to maybe one a month since March, there are no indications that business-related issues caused the company to close its doors.
The business appeared to be healthy and a company representative confirmed that Weyandt and his wife simply are retiring. The announcements from Weyandt backs that up.
“Since our beginning back in 1985, you have helped provide great paying jobs for over 800 people,” he wrote. “Since starting Nitro-Pak at age 30, I have gained an appreciation for American entrepreneurism. I am living proof that the dream is still alive and possible! How grateful I am to have lived the dream owning my own business, to have been my own boss, to have had the freedom to set my own hours, travel the world and to help others to reach their dreams also.”
Regardless of the reasons, long time partners made it clear that Nitro-Pak and the Weyandt family will be missed.
“Nitro-Pak will always hold a special place in my heart,” said John Wesley Smith, publisher of the Destiny Survival website and Destiny Survival Radio podcast. “During the Y2K scare, I bought a few things from them. When I first started DestinySurvival nearly 10 years ago, I was thrilled to discover Nitro-Pak had an affiliate marketing arrangement because I wanted to make their products available to my readers. My readers had a high regard for the company as well. I believe they’ve purchased more from Nitro-Pak than any other company I’ve been affiliated with.”
Experienced survivalists and industry insiders knew the Nitro-Pak family as a solid resource for good products at competitive prices. The survival gear company had a healthy presence on Facebook with more than 6,500 followers.
Representatives of the retailer were often present at prepper expos around the nation.
Nitro Pak sold all types of survival gear including storage food, first aid kits and more. The company held a “going out of business” clearance sale from June 16 to the first week of July. Independence Day took on a whole new meaning for the retiring couple.
“My wife Vickie and I count our lucky stars to have had the opportunity to have our dream jobs for doing something that we have such a passion for!” wrote Weyandt. “It has been an incredible adventure, whether building catalogs, sending email ads, finding new cool preparedness gear, talking to customers, going to preparedness fairs, living thru Y2K, the avian bird flu, 9-11, traveling the world in search of new products, etc. Wow, what a ride it has been!!”
While many shoppers may have missed the clearance sale, Weyandt is actively talking with other preparedness vendors to buy the company’s remaining inventory.
In case customers are wondering, according to a company representative, the name of the company was likely derived from the traditional practice of packing survival food with nitrogen as a protective measure.