Idaho’s north-central region is home to a booming ammunition industry.
The Idaho Statesman reports that ammo makers in the region are hiring more employees to keep up with the growing national demand for ammunition. The total combined payroll for ammo production workers in the region reached $59.6 million in 2013.
CCI/Speer in Lewiston, Idaho is the largest ammo producer in the region. In the last four years, the company increased its workforce from 1,000 to 1,200.
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“Demand is high for the product, so it keeps us running 24 hours a day, seven days a week,” said CCI/Speer spokesman Tim Brandt.
CCI/Speer and other ammo production companies in north-central Idaho are just starting to catch up to the national demand. Ammo is currently in short supply in the US, mainly because firearms sold like hot cakes in 2013.
Howell Munitions and Technology is another leading ammo producer in the region. The company produces their own line of low and high-end ammo for sport shooting. Howell is currently struggling from a shortage of gunpowder, which prompted them to recently lay off 10 percent of their employees.
Some of the most popular rounds currently in production are .223 and 5.56 mm, which are both used in AR-15 platform rifles.
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