Kimber will expand to Alabama in 2019

Kimber will open a new manufacturing plant in Troy, Alabama in 2019 to keep up with "tremendous" demand growth. (Photo: Kimber/Facebook)

Kimber will open a new manufacturing plant in Troy, Alabama in 2019 to keep up with “tremendous” demand growth. (Photo: Kimber/Facebook)

Kimber announced this week it will expand operations to central Alabama in 2019.

The new design, engineering and manufacturing facility in Troy will expand Kimber’s footprint to three states, including its home base in New York and a plant in Montana.

“This is a dream come true for the City of Troy and for me personally,” said Troy Mayor Jason Reeves. “A firearms manufacturing company with such a stellar brand as Kimber, creating jobs and capital investment for the community. Troy has a strong manufacturing base and Kimber will certainly, positively add to that.”

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey said the $38 million plant will create more than 350 jobs over the next five years.

“With talented Alabamians already manufacturing a wide range of high-quality products that are in demand around the globe, the state can offer Kimber an ideal business environment and a skilled workforce for its expansion project,” she said. “Kimber’s investment in Troy will create a significant number of high-paying design engineering and manufacturing jobs, and we are committed to helping the company find long-lasting success in Alabama.”

Kimber Chief Financial Officer James Cox said the new facility in Troy will help satisfy some of the company’s “tremendous” demand growth witnessed over the last 21 years of the company’s existence.

“Every time the company has embarked upon a planned expansion, the newly created capacity is exhausted before the expansion is complete,” he said. “As we continue to move into uncharted waters in regards to Kimber product demand, it was important to us to build a facility that will allow us to secure a significant new plateau of capacity.”

“We are pleased with the impressive track record that Alabama has with attracting and retaining world-class manufacturing companies,” said Leslie Edelman, Kimber’s president and chief executive officer. “Growing our company intelligently depends significantly on being in the right manufacturing environment, and in Troy, we have a community dedicated to our long-term success.”

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