Family run business competes in global ammo industry

DefenseNews has published an interesting article about a small family owned business in New Zealand that manufactures and exports military ammunition using modified vintage machinery from the 1920s. From DefenseNews

How can a small, family-owned firm, with a core staff of 12 (which swells to about 20 when necessary) compete in such a vast industry?

“It is very much quality, and the niche that we work in,” Quigley said. “We know what we are doing with training ammunition. We are reliable, on time and on budget.”

Cole particularly admires the design of one of ODL’s older pieces of equipment. “It’s a .50-cal loading machine from the 1920s,” he said. “It is absolutely brilliant.”

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  • Mad World

    OK WOW I live in New Zealand and had no idea about this, they must keep it on the down low down here haha.

  • Do they send any of there ammo to the US.

    • Mike, I had never heard of them before. I wouldn’t know.

  • BJ

    They trade online as Belmont Ammo. I use their 9mm, it’s great.