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Gunmaker Kimber is moving its corporate headquarters to Alabama

Kimber is now announcing that they plan to move their corporate headquarters to Troy.

In January 2018, Kimber announced that it was building a new gun manufacturing facility in Troy. Kimber is now announcing that they plan to move their corporate headquarters to the Pike County college town.

“Kimber Mfg., is pleased to name Troy, Alabama, as its official corporate headquarters and to announce it is hiring aggressively in all departments,” Kimber announced in a statement. “After a carefully planned shift of leadership, R&D and manufacturing resources, Kimber has made substantial progress in the transition to its new, state-of-the-art headquarters in Troy, Alabama.”

“The final step in completing this new facility is adding staff across all departments,” the company wrote in its release.

Kimber’s new headquarters is situated on 80-plus acres with more than 225,000 square feet of space and is now home to industry-leading design engineering, product management and manufacturing capabilities, the company said.

“After an exhaustive search, Troy was chosen for a multitude of reasons including its proximity to top-tier engineering schools as well as gun- and business-friendly support from the city of Troy and the great state of Alabama,” the company said.

Kimber said that its “Alabama expansion is well ahead of schedule, having filled hundreds of its planned Troy-based positions. Kimber is seeking qualified applicants across multiple positions and business areas including CNC technicians, machinists, quality control specialists, lean technicians, design engineers, compliance analysts, customer service representatives, materials planners, maintenance technicians, finishing operators, and assembly technicians.”

The company was previously based in Yonkers, New York. Kimber’s premium 1911 handgun has been used by the U.S. Shooting Team, the Los Angeles Police Department’s SWAT and an elite U.S. Marine Corps unit.

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“Kimber is a first-class firearms manufacturer with a reputation for precision craftsmanship, dependability and accuracy, which makes it just the kind of high-performance company we want operating in the state,” said Alabama Commerce Secretary Greg Canfield.

Kimber’s new $38 million investment to open a firearms manufacturing facility is expected to create 366 new jobs in Troy. Kimber said its Alabama expansion is well ahead of schedule, and it has filled hundreds of its planned Troy-based openings already.

“Kimber is a great place to work, especially if you love firearms,” said Pedi Gega, Kimber’s director of assembly and product finishing. “We have two indoor gun ranges, one outdoor range, a state-of-the-art design and prototype fabrication center, and a dynamic team of professionals who pride themselves in producing firearms with unmatched attention to detail, design and performance. Every Kimber firearm is created with a unique blend of advanced precision technology and authentic human craftsmanship.”

Brandon Moseley is a former reporter at the Alabama Political Reporter.

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