Press Release

Asa Arkansas's Governor

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
01.21.2016

Gov. Hutchinson announces two firearms-related manufacturers will create new jobs in Arkansas

SIG Sauer will open a new premium ammunition manufacturing facility that employs more than 50 people in Jacksonville and Remington Outdoor Company will add 84 new jobs at the ammunition manufacturing facility in Lonoke. These are two companies the Governor reached out to very early in his administration (called SIG Sauer’s leadership on his first day in office and met with Remington officials in February 2015). A news release for each project is below:

Governor Hutchinson announces SIG SAUER to open manufacturing facility in Jacksonville

Company to create approximately 50 new jobs

LAS VEGAS, Nevada (January 21, 2016) – Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson today announced SIG SAUER, a manufacturer of premium ammunition, is finalizing plans to locate a new ammunition manufacturing facility in an existing building in Jacksonville, Arkansas, where it anticipates creating about 50 new jobs.

The company’s plans were announced today in Las Vegas at the Shooting, Hunting and Outdoor Trade Show (SHOT Show).

SIG SAUER was one of the six prospective companies Governor Hutchinson called on his first day in office. Hutchinson is the first Arkansas governor to attend the SHOT Show.

“Firearms and ammunition is a growing industry, and we came to Las Vegas to share the many reasons Arkansas is a natural fit for this sector,” said Governor Hutchinson. “SIG SAUER was one of the first calls I made as Governor, and I am delighted they chose our state when making the decision to expand. The fact that a world-class company like SIG SAUER is choosing to do business in the state adds to our momentum in manufacturing and we appreciate this significant commitment they are making to locate in Arkansas.”

Forbes has ranked Arkansas as the third most gun-friendly state. For every 1,000 residents, there are 42 registered firearms in the state.

“I am proud that a fine company like SIG SAUER has selected Jacksonville as a place to expand their operations,” said 2nd District U.S. Representative French Hill. “The hard working people of Arkansas are excited to welcome a new, growing employer to our community.”

SIG SAUER is one of the most renowned firearms manufacturers in the world. It manufactures both pistols and rifles as well as silencers, optics, ammunitions, airguns and accessories. The company traces its roots to 1853 as a wagon factory named Swiss Industrial Company (Schweizerische Industrie-Gesellschaft).

"The Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce and the City of Jacksonville have worked very hard on this project and we are very excited that SIG SAUER had decided to locate this ammunition manufacturing facility in Jacksonville," said Amy Mattison, CEO of the Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce.

“We’re excited about SIG SAUER, a world renowned manufacturer of firearms, locating a facility in Jacksonville,” said Jacksonville Mayor Gary Fletcher. “This is great news for our workforce with the opportunities and jobs they will provide for the community.  I’m very appreciative of the hard work and efforts of Governor Asa Hutchinson, the Arkansas Economic Development Commission, SIG SAUER officials, the Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce and many local business individuals.  We look forward to a long and prosperous relationship for years to come.”

In 2001, the company introduced its own training academy, SIG SAUER Academy, in New Hampshire to teach indoor and outdoor firearms-related classes for armed professionals in law enforcement, the military, security, and correctional operations as well as civilians. According to the company, almost one-third of law-enforcement professionals in the U.S. use SIG SAUER firearms. Military and government clients include the U.S. Navy SEALS, the Federal Air Marshals, the Department of Homeland Security, the Secret Service, and the U.S. Coast Guard.

About SIG SAUER

Headquartered in Newington, New Hampshire, SIG SAUER is an ISO 9001 certified company with over 900 employees. It is the largest member of a worldwide business group of firearms manufacturers that includes J.P. Sauer & Sohn and Blaser, Gmbh. in Germany and Swiss Arms AG in Switzerland. This global network of companies gives SIG SAUER a world-class firearms knowledge base, unparalleled design expertise, and extensive manufacturing capacity, enabling the company to respond quickly and effectively to changing market conditions and the needs of its military, law enforcement, and commercial markets worldwide.

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Remington Outdoor Company announces plans to grow manufacturing facility in Lonoke

Company to create approximately 84 new jobs, invest in the facility

LAS VEGAS, Nevada (January 21, 2016) – The Remington Outdoor Company (“ROC”), the world’s leading designer and manufacturer of firearms, ammunition and related products, today announced growth plans at its ammunition plant in Lonoke, Arkansas.  As part of the plans, the company plans to invest in the facility and create 84 new jobs.

News was shared this week in Las Vegas where Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson met with Remington officials at the Shooting, Hunting, and Outdoor Trade Show (SHOT Show). Governor Hutchinson originally met with company officials in February 2015.  This is the first time an Arkansas governor has attended the show.

“Remington is a world-class company that is making another significant investment in Arkansas,” Governor Hutchinson said. “Arkansas’ reputation as a hub for firearms and ammunition manufacturing continues to grow thanks to Remington’s decision to expand again in the state. It was a pleasure to meet with Remington’s leadership at the SHOT Show and I look forward to continuing to work together.”

Remington Arms was founded in 1816 by Eliphalet Remington in upstate New York. The company is the country’s oldest continuously operating manufacturer.

“I am proud of the continued growth and expansion we are experiencing at our Lonoke, Arkansas facility,” said ROC CEO Jim Marcotuli.  Our company’s ethos of “pride and precision” is reflected in the quality ammunition our hardworking team members produce every day, and we are all looking forward to continuing this important work with the great state of Arkansas.” 

About Remington Outdoor Company 

ROC, headquartered in Madison, N.C., designs products for the hunting, shooting, self-defense, military, and law enforcement markets. Founded in 1816, ROC is the nation’s oldest gun maker and one of the largest domestic producers of firearms and ammunition. ROC employs over 3,500 people and distributes its products throughout the U.S. and over 55 countries.  ROC includes globally recognized brands such as Remington®, Remington 1816®, Bushmaster®, DPMS®, Marlin®, H&R®, Advanced Armament Corp.®, Dakota®, Nesika®, Storm Lake®, TAPCO® and Barnes® Bullets.

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FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Scott Hardin, Director of Communications
Arkansas Economic Development Commission
501-682-7306, shardin@arkansasedc.com

J.R. Davis, Director of Communications
Governor Asa Hutchinson
501-541-7306, JR.Davis@governor.arkansas.gov