Sig expanding ammo plant in AR

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To bad Oklahoma has not jumped on this.


Although headquartered in New Hampshire, Sig Sauer is investing millions and adding jobs in their ammunition plant in Jacksonville, Arkansas.


The expansion, coming after an unprecedented nationwide ammo shortage now dragging into its second year, comes as the company is investing millions in “The Natural State." As reported by local media, Sig has shifted its shipping and storage operations for its ammunition plant to 53,000 square feet of nearby office space to free up floor space for more manufacturing space at its existing facility. In all, the company is investing over $12 million in the expansion and hired both new operators and supervisors for the plant's staff of 220.

Daryl Hanna, chief strategy officer for Sig Sauer, told the Arkansas Democrat the plant will be adding an in-house primer-making facility while new high-speed horizontal cold forming equipment to produce pistol brass, along with machining and laser inspection machinery, will double the production of pistol-caliber ammunition. To help flesh out the line, Sig is looking to hire more than 40 new workers at the plant.

Arkansas is open for the gun industry​



While some states have given a cold shoulder to the firearms industry over the past generation, Arkansas has greeted it with open arms.


Last year, Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson, a two-term Republican and frequent SHOT Show visitor who has strongly courted gun companies, welcomed a planned $15 million facility in Little Rock from ammo-maker Fiocchi, bringing 85 jobs to the state.


In 2019, Hutchinson announced that legendary Czech gunmaker CZwould open a 65,000 sq. ft. manufacturing facility, to be completed on approximately 73 acres at the Port of Little Rock, that is expected to yield as many as 565 jobs in two phases as part of a $90 million investment from the company.


Arkansas currently serves as home to Nighthawk Customand Wilson Combat while Vista Outdoors has recently taken over Remington's large ammo plant in Lonoke. In 2013, Thermold Magazines announced it would shift its headquarters and manufacturing operation from North Carolina to the state. Likewise, German firearm icon Walther is building pistols in Fort Smith.


I’m really surprised more ammo/firearms manufacturers are now doing huge expansions. Maybe they are and I just haven’t heard, after all I am allergic news channels and papers.

It looks like now would be a great time to ramp up manufacturing. This isn’t like oil & gas companies where when there’s a boom, they build, drill, hire, build, drill, hire, they after a couple years they layoff and/or close the doors. This firearms/ammo boom, sparked by the pandemic, might slow a little and catch up. But unlike O&G, where they drill like crazy, them the reserves are packed full, then the prices bottom and the companies fold up, this boom can sustain itself. It wasn’t just previous enthusiasts that caused it, about 1/3 or as high as 1/2 of the folks stocking up, causing shortages. Not to mention the fact that the firearms hobby has been on a significant uptick for the last several years. The want (well it’s a need for us) for more firearms and ammo, will be on a solid high for the foreseeable future. There aren’t barriers in this industry, like in others, outside of Liberal idiots, it’s gonna take a long hard fight to stop, or even slow this train. I wish I had a couple mill, I’d jump into this industry head first.
 

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In our working in other states with our Summer jobs, we've noticed a number of large auto factories, namely Hyundai and Mercedes Benz. Wife wondered why it was that Oklahoma couldn't get such companies to locate here. I mentioned that Alabama at least had port facilities in Mobile if the companies were shipping in stuff from overseas.
We have the port of Catusa?
It’s not quite like an ocean port though.
 

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In our working in other states with our Summer jobs, we've noticed a number of large auto factories, namely Hyundai and Mercedes Benz. Wife wondered why it was that Oklahoma couldn't get such companies to locate here. I mentioned that Alabama at least had port facilities in Mobile if the companies were shipping in stuff from overseas.


We have a port. A huge one.

We also have a past record of promising things to get companies to locate here and then changing our mind years after they have become ensconced here and reneging on our promises of financial and other support.

I don't know how long it takes to live that sort of stuff down, but it's longer than I've been alive.
 

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We have a port. A huge one.

We also have a past record of promising things to get companies to locate here and then changing our mind years after they have become ensconced here and reneging on our promises of financial and other support.

I don't know how long it takes to live that sort of stuff down, but it's longer than I've been alive.

That port can't "receive" ocean going vessels.

But, your point of Oklahoma's reputation is spot on.
 
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