Winchester has just completed its first historic ammunition delivery for the United States Warfighter by means of shipments of both 5.56x45mm NATO and 50 BMG ammunition departing to various armed forces locations across the globe. The Lake City Ammunition Plant has been producing ammunition since 1941 and this first shipment is part of a 7-year contract with the United States Army that was awarded in 2019.
EAST ALTON, Ill. (October 14, 2020) — Winchester announces its first shipment of ammunition to the U.S. government left the Lake City Army Ammunition Plant yesterday.
Semitrailers filled with 50 caliber and 5.56 ammunition are bound for destinations around the globe in support of the U.S. Warfighter.
“This is an important milestone for Winchester, our first shipment to the U.S. government after just assuming management and operational control of Lake City,” said Brett Flaugher, president of Winchester. “Our ability to execute through this transition process and make our first delivery within two weeks is a testament to our dedicated work force.”
The U.S. Army selected Winchester to operate and manage the Lake City Army Ammunition Plant in September 2019. The contract has an initial term of seven years and may be extended by the U.S. Army for up to three additional years. Winchester is now the world’s largest small arms ammunition manufacturer.
Winchester is one of the world’s most recognized and respected brands. Currently in its 154th year of operation and 90th year as part of Olin, Winchester is a premier developer and manufacturer of small caliber ammunition for sale to domestic and international militaries, law enforcement agencies, and commercial distributors and retailers. Winchester has been providing ammunition to the U.S. military since World War I and is currently the U.S. Army’s largest supplier of small caliber ammunition outside of the Lake City plant.
If Winchester can acquire the contract extension for the additional 3 years, then the contract could possibly put them in the lead for much longer than initially expected. Being the world’s largest small arms ammunition manufacture is no small task. One can only hope that Winchester can put just as much effort and weight behind the civilian ammunition market to match current and future demands.
All Photos Credit: Lake City Ammunition Plant
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