November 10th, 2015

AMI Builds Half-Billion Dollar Ammo Factory in Tennessee

AMI advanced munitions Alcoa Tennessee

Tennessee will soon have one of the most modern (and expensive) ammunition manufacturing facilities in the world. Advanced Munitions International LLC (AMI) has announced a $553.6 million plan to build its global headquarters in Blount County, Tennessee. AMI expects to break ground this spring on the 300,000-square foot facility to be located on a 235-acre site in Alcoa’s Partnership Park. The campus-like facility, situated in a region nick-named “Gun Valley”, will be home to manufacturing and product development for AMI and other businesses involved in gun and ammo production.

Mark Kresser, President & CEO of AMI, comments, “We are anxious to break ground on our state-of-the-art munitions manufacturing facility in Alcoa, Tennessee. The firearms-friendly community, lower operating expenses, cost of living for our employees and our ability to ship quickly because of the central location were deal closers in our decision. We see this area expanding quickly based on these items alone and hope to have like-minded business neighbors, where together we can build a community in the new gun valley.”

Advanced Munitions International LLC, manufactures BlackOps®, Emcon® and HPR® Ammunition. AMI plans to open its new facility in the fourth quarter of 2018. Company executives cited the proximity and resources of the Oak Ridge National Laboratory as a deciding factor in choosing Tennessee as home for their manufacturing, distribution, and R&D operations.

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