Ammunitions manufacturer SIG Sauer cut the ribbon on its expanded Jacksonville, Ark. facility on Tuesday (April 16). Gov. Asa Hutchinson, U.S. Rep. French Hill, R-Little Rock, and local government and economic development officials participated in the ceremony for the state-of-the-art facility.
Financial terms of the expansion were not disclosed.
Calling on SIG Sauer was the first economic development phone call that Hutchinson made when he took office in January 2015, when he asked the company’s president to open for business in the state. SIG Sauer renovated a facility in Jacksonville in 2016 hiring 50 workers. Today, employment stands at 160.
“The first call I made as governor was to SIG Sauer President and CEO Ron Cohen, and I am delighted that we were able to work together and make Arkansas the choice for this expansion,” said Hutchinson. “On day one the SIG Sauer Arkansas facility employed 50 people, today that number has more than tripled to 160 – which is proof that this endeavor has been successful for both SIG and the State of Arkansas. Having SIG Sauer make a home here in Jacksonville enhances our state’s reputation as a top choice for manufacturers, and we appreciate the significant investment they are making in our community.”
SIG Sauer produces premium pistol and rifle ammunition for military, law enforcement and commercial use, component brass, and night sights at the 70,000 square-foot Arkansas manufacturing facility. The facility houses an advanced ballistics testing lab and leading-edge industrial measuring technology ensuring the highest-quality, and consistency, across all product lines.
The expansion project received state incentives from the Governor’s Quick Action Closing Fund, Advantage Arkansas tax credit program, and the Tax Back incentive program.
“SIG Sauer has a strong partnership with the state of Arkansas, and we have chosen to make a major capital investment here. Our commitment is long-term,” said Cohen, who attended Tuesday’s event. “In the two years since we’ve been in Jacksonville, we have seen significant growth in our business and are confident that will continue for many years to come.”
SIG Sauer is headquartered in Newington, New Hampshire, and has more than 1,700 employees across eight locations worldwide.