CTC’s Lew Danielson Elected to OSU Engineering Hall of Fame

March 4, 2013
Wilsonville, OR

Crimson Trace, the leading brand of laser sighting systems for personal protection firearms, proudly celebrates the induction of their founder, CEO and industry visionary, Lew Danielson, into the Oregon State Engineering Hall of Fame. After graduating in 1979 with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Oregon State - one of the top engineering schools on the West Coast - Lew used his love of design and passion for the firearms industry to create the original, instinctively activated Lasergrips® design, which still stands today as the standard for laser sighting systems for the firearms marketplace.

After years of painstaking effort to perfect the design, Lew focused his entrepreneurial spirit to start what would become Crimson Trace in 1994 - changing the handgun industry forever. "I am a small company man at heart and I wanted to pursue the art of creation and design", said Lew. "This honor from my alma mater - a school that took a chance on this country boy who wasn't always the best student before arriving in Corvallis, but wanted to follow a dream to become an engineer - is the most humbling experience of my life".

Today, Crimson Trace has shipped well over 1 million of their laser sighting systems to consumers wanting to protect their home, family and country. When asked to share a key to the success of Crimson Trace, Lew responded, "At our core, the success is simple - synergistic plans and people who team up to create success". He went on to add, "I love this business and everyone who works in the company with me - that's the way business should be. Work needs to be fun and people who have fun are way more productive. It really is that simple".

Crimson Trace is the acknowledged industry leader for laser sighting systems based in Wilsonville, Oregon. Its award-winning innovations include Lasergrips® and Laserguard™ with Red and Green lasers, as well as Lightguard™ - all with Instinctive Activation™. Additionally, Best in Class Defender Series™ and Rail Master™ platforms - all of which are proudly designed, engineered and manufactured in the USA.

Kent Thomas
Director of Marketing
Crimson Trace