Effective Thursday, Oct. 1, Winchester assumed full management and operational control of the Lake City Army Ammunition Plant in Independence, Mo. The U.S. Army selected Winchester to operate and manage the Lake City plant last September. The contract has an initial term of seven years, with the option for the U.S. Army to extend for up to three additional years. With the addition of Lake City, Winchester is now the world’s largest small arms ammunition manufacturer.
The Lake City Army Ammunition Plant, which began production in 1941, provides small caliber military ammunition for both training and combat purposes. Winchester previously operated the Lake City plant from 1985 to 2000. The plant, which encompasses nearly 4,000 acres also serves as a national test center for ammunition performance.
“Winchester employees have built a reputation with the U.S. Army that is unrivaled, and for the past year, we have been preparing for this significant transition,” said Brett Flaugher, president of Winchester. “We were selected to manage the Lake City plant because of our industry-leading capabilities and track record. For decades, we have successfully demonstrated those capabilities in quality, innovation and on-time delivery as well as through our partnership with the U.S. Army in developing solutions that service the U.S. Warfighter. Our team is fully prepared and 100 percent committed to the safe, reliable and efficient operation of the Lake City plant.”