American Marksman Expands KC-Area Operations

The company intends to create 65 new jobs to cope with the growing demand in the field.

Orbital ATK’s facility in Independence, Mo.
Orbital ATK’s facility in Independence, Mo.

Independence, Mo.—American Marksman LLC, a distributor of various caliber bullets, is increasing its production plant in Independence, a Kansas City metro area city. The company plans to add 65 advanced manufacturing positions, with significant regional growth expected in the coming years. American Marksman will cooperate with Orbital ATK to address U.S. Department of Defense needs.

American Marksman will focus on U.S. military ammunition pull-down, including packing and shipping, developing into specialty recycling, manufacturing and remanufacturing, advanced research and development technology systems, as well as green technology ammunition projectiles. The company will work out of Orbital ATK’s Independence facility, where it plans to enter into a long-term lease and occupy a larger footprint in the future.

“We are proud and honored to become part of the military support structure at Lake City. We look forward to working in the ‘Show me State’ and continuing to grow our business operations within the state,” said Thomas Schmidt, American Marksman’s CEO, in prepared remarks.

To assist with American Marksman’s expansion, DED offered an incentive package that the company can receive if it meets strict job creation criteria. The Independence Council for Economic Development worked for this expansion with the Kansas City Area Development Council, KC SmartPort and the Missouri Partnership, the statewide business attraction organization.

“Missouri’s advanced manufacturing and defense sectors are continuing to grow and add jobs to our economy. American Marksman’s decision to expand in Independence is a testament to Missouri’s strengths in these key sectors, including trained and available talent and our strategic location for manufacturing companies as they distribute their products across North America,” said Mike Downing, director of DED.

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