The Pentagon has announced that Mississippi-based Olin-Winchester is the winner of a large contract to supply the military with 7.62 NATO ammunition. 

The U.S. Army Contracting Command at Rock Island Arsenal, Illinois, last week announced Oxford, Mississippi-based Winchester was awarded a $14,285,600 contract to manufacture 7.62 small-caliber ammo. The funds in the full amount were drawn from the Army's Fiscal 2022 ammo procurement budget, set to expire in October. 

Rock Island said the work will be performed at Winchester's new state-of-the-art plant in Oxford, with an estimated completion date of Sept. 30, 2024. 

Winchester's 200,000 square-foot facility in the Magnolia State has steadily expanded its workforce in the past decade, as Olin moved over 1,000 manufacturing jobs there from the company’s traditional Illinois location.

Olin dates to 1892, when it was originally formed as a small blasting powder supplier, and acquired Winchester's ammunition concern in 1931. According to company documents, they are the "Number one producer of small arms ammunition globally."

Banner image: Current U.S. military small caliber ammunition family in 7.62 NATO. (Photo: U.S. Army) 

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