New MS Ammo Plant Expands Quickly

Tue, 10/11/2011 - 9:27am

OXFORD, Miss. (AP) — Winchester officials haven't wasted any time in the expansion of the company's Centerfire ammunition manufacturing operations in Oxford.

The Oxford Eagle reports ( Gov. Haley Barbour will join Winchester representatives on Wednesday for a private ribbon-cutting ceremony to mark the opening of the plant.

The decision to move Winchester's Centerfire plant from East Alton, Ill., to Oxford was announced in November 2010. Ground was broken Jan. 24 for the construction of the new 500,000-square-foot plant in the North Oxford Industrial Park. The first equipment for the new plant arrived in August.

The hiring of the first 200 to 250 employees is well under way with many new employees having already begun training and working in the new facility.


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