The Pentagon recently announced that Mississippi-based Olin-Winchester is the winner of a large contract to supply the military with small arms ammunition. 

The U.S. Army Contracting Command at Rock Island Arsenal, Illinois, announced on June 30 that Winchester was awarded a $64,441,277 modification to a 2021 contract for the manufacture of more ammunition for the service. The work is set to be performed at the company's Oxford, Mississippi plant with an estimated completion date of Sept. 30, 2024. 

Winchester's 200,000 sq. ft. facility in the Magnolia State has steadily expanded its workforce in the past decade, as Olin moved over 1,000 manufacturing jobs there since 2010 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."

The company has been very busy when it comes to the military in the past few years. 

In 2016, Olin was selected by the Army to supply as many as 100 million rounds of 9mm ammunition – M1152 Ball, M1153 Special Purpose, and M1156 Drilled Dummy Inert – to the Pentagon as part of SIG Sauer’s new M17/M18 Modular Handgun System

Finally, Olin won a 10-year contract in 2019 to run the Army's historic Lake City ammo plant and prepare it for the production of the new 6.8x51mm Next Generation Squad Weapon cartridge family. This was followed up earlier this year with a contract to actually begin production of the new NGSW rounds at the ammo plant.

While the military is constantly purchasing ammo to renew its stockpile – some of which date to WWII – it should also be noted that ongoing draw-downs direct from government stockpiles have been sent to Ukraine by the Biden administration to aid that country in its ongoing war with Russia. The Department of Defense has said at least 300 million rounds of small arms ammunition have been supplied to Kyiv in such a manner over the past two years.

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