FN plans to add 176 new jobs and 100,000 square feet of manufacturing capacity with a second South Carolina production facility, this one in Liberty. The $33 million project will further expand the company’s presence in the state and help it meet a growing demand for its products, according to a Wednesday press release. 

“FN has experienced significant growth over the last several years, and demand for our products continues to increase in all market segments that we serve,” FN President and CEO Mark Cherpes stated in the release. “Our new facility in Liberty, South Carolina, will allow us to expand our manufacturing capabilities and grow our highly skilled workforce to meet that new demand. We are proud to partner with Pickens County and the state of South Carolina on this expansion.”

FN has been producing the M240 medium machine gun since 1981 at its Columbia, South Carolina plant. They have no plans on stopping this production but a new facility will add space to fulfill consumer demands. (Photo: Chris Eger/Guns.com)

The company has produced more than 1 million small arms under Department of Defense contracts over a 40-year span at its primary factory in Columbia, South Carolina. With roots going back to 1889 in Belgium, FN was established in the U.S. in 1979, and in 1981 began producing the M240 medium machine gun, a variant of the FN MAG-58, under contract to the U.S. Army.

FN America now has a workforce of 600-plus people producing firearms, accessories, and related products for the U.S. military, law enforcement agencies, and consumers. Other military contracts include its M4A1, M16A4, M249 light machine gun, and SCAR. The LAPD is among law enforcement agencies that use FN’s 509 striker-fired pistol line.

The company plans to break ground on the new facility in 2024 and complete construction in 2025. Guns.com was invited to tour the current Columbia, South Carolina facility in 2019, and it was abundantly clear at the time that the company had used every square inch of the manufacturing space. They had even added a second level where there hadn't been one to assemble the 509 pistols. With a new suppressor lineup, a new and affordable AR-15 dubbed the Guardian, and a totally new line of micro-compact pistols, the additional space will certainly be appreciated and put to immediate use. Check out the FN digs when we toured in 2019 below. 

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