by Gwen Moritz
Posted 5/21/2013 09:17 am
Updated 11 months ago
With no fanfare, Remington Arms Co. of Madison, N.C., announced earlier this month a $32 million expansion to its ammunition plant at Lonoke.
The expansion will include a new building, construction of which is expected to begin by the end of June and be complete in the second quarter of 2014, according to a news release dated May 9, which was posted on Remington's corporate website.
Although state government has committed to a package of incentives for the expansion, no formal announcement has been made by the Arkansas Economic Development Commission or the governor's office. An AEDC spokesman said the agency hadn't known for several days that Remington had made the low-key announcement.
"We'd love to make a big deal, we'd love to make an announcement about it," AEDC spokesman Joe Holmes told Arkansas Business on Tuesday. "But this was their call to do it this way."
Holmes said AEDC has committed to three types of incentives: the Advantage Arkansas income tax credit for new jobs, the InvestArk sales and use tax credit on the cost of the project, and $465,250 in cash from the Governor’s Quick Action Closing Fund.
The company's announcement made no specific reference to additional jobs it expects to create. Holmes wasn't sure how many employees work at the plant.
Lonoke plant manager Jim Grahlmann's office said questions about the expansion had to be addressed to the corporate office in North Carolina. A call to the public information contact was not immediately returned on Tuesday morning.
In the short news release, Grahlmann was quoted as saying, "We are proud to provide job growth within communities that have supported us for so many years, while meeting the increasing global demand for superior ammunition products. This expansion reinforces our commitment to deliver the finest quality products for our customers."
Chief Operating Officer Kevin Miniard was also quoted in the news release: "We continue to invest in all of our manufacturing operations because we are committed to ensuring quality, increasing product availability and improving on-time delivery. This significant investment in Lonoke is a testament to that commitment. Our customers can count on Remington to invest in its manufacturing operations in order to ensure that its facilities are state-of-the art and its employees are the best in the industry."
The Remington Ammunition Plant was established in 1969, according to the news release.