August 28th, 2012 09:09 PM
When this country was founded many of the states that are now very anti- were actually strategic locations for armories.
Originally Posted by Ionracas
I am curious though: where in Florida has Colt bought a building and set up shop? I'd love to see Colt, Ruger, Remington, et. al. come down here and create operations that include nice ranges for new buyers.
I'm in favor of gun control -- I think every citizen should have control of a gun.
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August 28th, 2012 09:31 PM
The decision by iconic firearms maker Colt Manufacturing Co. to open a factory near Kissimmee comes as welcome news as the area struggles through a down economy — even if no one outside the company seems to know what will be made there.
Originally Posted by bigmacque
The new factory for Colt, maker of weapons including the Model 1911 pistol and the M16 rifle, will create 63 jobs in Osceola County with an average wage of $45,060 a year. That's 150 percent of Osceola's average wage.
The operation will serve as "a regional headquarters and product manufacturing center," according to the company, which won't say what products will be manufactured there.
And even though the county and state put together a lucrative package of incentives to lure the firearms maker, County Commission Chairman John Quinones said he doesn't know exactly what Colt plans to make in Osceola either.
"The opportunity that it presents goes well beyond weapons," Quinones said, noting the possibility of attracting additional companies to the area in coming years.
Anytime the region can add hard-to-find manufacturing jobs, Quinones said, "it's just a win-win."
Work is under way on bringing a 16,000-square-foot building up to code and converting it into a factory. The county will retain ownership of the building, which formerly housed the Council on Aging, with Colt paying rent of $1 a year for the first five years of the deal.
Company spokesman Carlton Chen said by email that the company is focusing on converting the building into "first-class manufacturing space."
Colt traces its heritage to Samuel Colt, who received a patent for his legendary revolver in 1836. Today the privately held company is based in West Hartford, Conn., where it has a 100,000-square-foot plant.
In addition to the incentive package, Colt President and CEO William Keys cited Florida's regulatory environment and low cost of doing business as reasons for the expansion into Osceola.
The creation of the 63 jobs will be spread out over the coming years, starting in 2012.
"They have up to three years to create those jobs, and there are penalties at the state and local level if those jobs are not created," said Maria Toumazos, Osceola County's economic development administrator.
Valencia College's Osceola campus will provide training for the factory's future work force — although just what training will be required is not yet clear either.
"They're looking for skilled employees in the manufacturing area," said Gaby Hawat, senior executive for strategic initiatives and economic development for Valencia. "There may be customer-relations work as well."
Hawat and Toumazos both said they expect they building to be completed in June. Hiring could begin in the spring, with manufacturing ramping up soon after the June completion date.
The project has been in the works since November 2010, Toumazos said, when the statewide economic-development organization Enterprise Florida sent out a request for proposals. Osceola was among the applicants, and in the end was Colt's winning choice.
Gun makers may be looking west at opportunities in Montana, South Dakota, and Idaho, or South to Alabama, all states that are said to be making efforts to persuade gun manufacturers in the East and Midwest to relocate or expand operations in environments where there are fewer gun laws and a more gun-friendly culture.
August 29th, 2012 07:01 AM
They will spend more in cooling than they would in snow plowing most years.
Originally Posted by retsupt99
Snow removal isn't that big of a deal if you plan on having a place to put it during winter. For a company that large, I imagine they would also make plowing costs cheaper by having their in-house staff do the removal with their own equipment. That, and it's cheaper to heat than it is to cool things down.
They should move to a more temperate, or the same, climate. Although, the bigger concern is shipping costs. To and from their facilities. Shipping can get prohibitively expensive in a hurry.
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