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Longtime New England gunmaker O.F. Mossberg & Sons, Inc., recently decided not to invest its future in North Haven, Connecticut where the company was founded in 1919.
The announcement came not long before news broke that AR-pattern rifles are now illegal in neighboring Massachusetts. State laws are also the reason for Mossberg’s departure. Though the company still has it’s corporate headquarters in North Haven, it’s moving it’s slated expansion out of the state to Texas because of legislation rushed through the Connecticut legislature in 2013 that bans some of its most popular products.
As a result, the company’s CEO Iver Mossberg says in this story from Forbes.com, “Investing in Texas was an easy decision. It’s a state that is not only committed to economic growth but also honors and respects the Second Amendment and the firearm freedoms it guarantees for our customers.”
The story says Mossberg will now expand it’s Maverick Arms, Inc. facility in Eagle Pass, Texas, with 116,000 new square-feet of factory space. More than 90 percent of Mossberg’s guns are now made in Texas, and some of its Connecticut jobs are moving there too, the story says, including wood gun stock production and possibly it’s modern sporting rifle production.
Mossberg, which holds the title of America’s oldest family-owned and operated firearms manufacturer, is not a minor gun maker.
The story says BATF records show the company made 475,364 guns in America in 2011 and the company’s sales of late have caused it to outgrow its current facilities, hence the planned expansion.
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