Fiocchi, Norma Expand Ammo Ops in the U.S.

Announced in the same week, Beretta-owned Swedish-headquartered Norma is launching a $60 million/600-job factory project in Georgia while Italy’s Fiocchi is growing its operations in Arkansas with a $41.5 million/120-job ammo primer plant (which will be just one of six in the country).

It is easy to surmise that Americans want bullets and– as overseas car makers have long ago figured out– it is probably cheaper to make them here rather than to ship them here. This is especially true when you compare labor costs, say, in quasi-Socialist Italy and Sweden, against that in the non-unionized South where local incentives and tax breaks can help fund a start-up. Either way, you get more ammo options on the U.S. consumer market and (relatively) good-paying manufacturing jobs, both things that are easy to like.

By Michael Crites

Michael Crites is el jefe around here. He has spent more than 30 years shooting, learning about guns, and collecting firearms old and new. He holds his Oregon Concealed Handgun License, and enjoys testing products in the back 40 of his farm.

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