Over the past several years, the sale of handgun ammunition has steadily grown and caused some product shortages for the most popular calibers. To avoid long waits for popular boxed ammunition and the high retail prices they command, many shooting enthusiasts have turned to reloading their favorite handgun ammo. But like loaded ammo, reloading components are in short supply as well. To meet this growing demand for handgun brass, Starline Brass is taking action and expanding their Sedalia, Missouri plant to accommodate additional production and more inventory for the ever-growing reloading community.
“We have seen an incredible surge in demand for our brass over the past several years,” said Robert Hayden Jr., General Manager at Starline. “The most popular calibers never see the inside of our inventory bins because they are out the door almost as fast as they come off the line. We are committed to expanding our capacity to keep up with the demand,” Hayden added. To increase capacity, Starline has embarked on a 15,000 square foot expansion to their manufacturing plant in Sedalia, Missouri. This expansion will add almost 50% more manufacturing capacity and give them the space to add equipment to increase production.
In early 2012, Starline was successful in obtaining an Enhanced Enterprise Zone award from the State of Missouri for this expansion. The award is for real and personal property investment and the creation of new full-time jobs at the facility. According to Hayden, the building project will be completed by Thanksgiving so Starline can get their additional production up and running to handle the high volume of orders they traditionally encounter in the first few months of a new year.
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