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Daniel Defense to Open New Facility in South Carolina

In a $5.3 million investment, Georgia-based Daniel Defense is opening a new facility in neighboring South Carolina’s Jasper County. The move is expected to generate 100 new jobs with hiring to begin in August.

In a press release Daniel Defense President and CEO Marty Daniel said, “With 90,000 square feet of manufacturing and office space, we are poised to continue to grow our brand in the U.S. firearms industry, international firearms Industry, DoD manufacturing and strategic business relationships. Our goal is to build the best firearms in the world and we view this investment as a key milestone toward achieving that goal. The company expects to have the facility in operation by December 1, 2011.”

In a statement, SC Governor Nikki Haley added, “One hundred new jobs in Jasper demonstrates our administration’s commitment to rural areas, and Daniel Defense is an example of a good quality partner for South Carolina that we are excited to welcome and support for many years to come.”

Such a move could signal a high degree of confidence by Daniel Defense that they are going home with a sizable chink of the Army’s small arms pie. As we reported last week, the Army’s dual path strategy to improve the current fleet of M4 carbines combined with an open solicitation for a new Improved Carbine means there is a lot of work to go around for small arms producers.


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