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Italy-Based Fiocchi Plans Little Rock, Arkansas, Ammunition Plant

Italy-based Fiocchi, a global leader in defensive, target, and hunting ammunition, will establish an ammunition primer manufacturing facility in the Port of Little Rock, Arkansas. The $41.5 million project is expected to create 120 jobs.

The new production operation, located on a 281-acre site, will provide much-needed primer supply relief for the broader ammunition manufacturing segment, according to company officials.

"Our focus on Little Rock for this major expansion comes from an ideal alignment of several considerations," said Fiocchi of America President and CEO Anthony Acitelli. "Aside from our strong ties with the state and local governments, Arkansas has a highly experienced and energetic labor force to call upon. Furthermore, streamlined logistics with other plant operations combined with management and supply chain efficiencies make Little Rock a logical choice. We will also benefit from logistical synergies with our ammo manufacturing industry partners."

Fiocchi Munizioni is one of Italy's largest and oldest manufacturers of ammunition. Over the last two years the company has acquired premium shotshell manufacturers Baschieri & Pellagri and Lyalvale Express, plus a division of Grandeur Fasteners.

“For the past eight years, Governor Hutchinson has made firearms and ammunition a priority industry to grow and diversify our state’s economy,” noted Secretary of Commerce Mike Preston. “Governor Hutchinson was the first Arkansas governor to attend the SHOT Show, and he has led an Arkansas delegation to the show every year since then in an effort to actively pursue and welcome premier companies like Fiocchi to Arkansas. For more than a century, Fiocchi has been a leader in its industry, and we have witnessed firsthand their commitment and excellence in business. This expansion will help Fiocchi reach more customers as they continue to strengthen their brand throughout the region, and we are excited to celebrate alongside them today.”

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