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Walther Manufacturing Expands Fort Smith, Arkansas, Operations

Walther Manufacturing, a firearms company, plans to expand its operations in Fort Smith, Arkansas. The $30 million project is expected to create 76 jobs over the next five years.

The investment will include an additional 40,000 square feet of space featuring industry-leading design engineering, product management and manufacturing capabilities. The expansion is scheduled for completion in the first quarter of 2024.

"Walther Manufacturing is making a substantial investment in our Fort Smith factory to facilitate the expansion of our research development and manufacturing of U.S.-produced firearms and accessories," said Tom Goike, Walther Manufacturing President and CEO.

Carl Walther GmbH Sportwaffen, or simply known as Walther, is a German firearm manufacturer, and a subsidiary of the PW Group. Walther Arms, Inc. is the U.S. Walther business unit.

“Walther is a world-renowned firearms company, and they have been a great corporate partner in Arkansas for the past decade,” noted Clint O’Neal, Executive Director of the Arkansas Economic Development Commission. “We are excited to see the company grow in the Natural State, and we look forward to their continued success.”

“My connection to Umarex and Walther goes back many years. They are a key fixture in the high-tech manufacturing fabric of the Fort Smith Region and a partner who shares our goal of growing and recruiting a talented workforce,” added Tim Allen, President and CEO of the Fort Smith Regional Chamber of Commerce. “It was a pleasure to work with the leadership at Walther again to secure this project in Fort Smith. We welcome Walther’s expansion as they further solidify their place in our community and allow it to meet the demand of its military, law enforcement and consumer markets.”

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