Colt to open new facility in Florida

Colt’s Manufacturing Company (not to be confused with Colt Defense) is opening a new in Kissimmee, Florida. From the press release

Colt’s Manufacturing Company is pleased to announce that the company will continue its progressive momentum by opening a new facility in Kissimmee, Florida. The new 16,000 square foot facility will allow Colt’s Manufacturing Company to expand into new markets and business lines in parallel with the company’s existing 100,000 square foot facility in Connecticut. Specific information on facility renovations and employee requirements will be determined over the course of the next several months.

From Gov. Rick Scott’s press release

Today, Colt’s Manufacturing Co. LLC announced its commitment to create 63 jobs in Osceola County for its new regional headquarters and product manufacturing center. The center will hire people for engineering and manufacturing jobs, among others. In 2012, Colt is projected to begin phasing in the first of 63 jobs paying an average salary of $45,060 to be created during the following three years. Governor Rick Scott and Colt’s Manufacturing Company President and CEO Lieutenant General M. William Keys USMC (Ret.) were joined by the Osceola County Board of County Commissioners for the announcement.

Read more about the new facility at No Lawyers – Only Guns and Money.

[ Many thanks to Matt for emailing us the link. ]

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  • Lance

    While Colt Defense in CT will be busy making M-4A1s for the Army. I hope a new commercial plant will bring back some much needed firearms back to the market like M-1991s and Colt Pythons.

    • Jerry

      Bringing back the Python would be great… But what I’d really like to see Colt do is to innovate.

      • greasyjohn

        And it seems like neither will ever happen. Considering it’s Colt they’d probably charge $100 more than an S&W 500 for new Pythons anyway.

  • farmboy7.62

    @ Lance and Jerry

    Amen to that. I would to see the Python come back.

  • W

    good, that means we should expect more innovation from colt then??? well, not likely, maybe they know something we don’t know. perhaps their gearing up for increased production of the army’s new carbine 😛

    the way i look at it is, let “those” carbines continue to be produced on the east coast. i think we have things figured out on the western side of the Mississippi.

  • Florida = Non-Union/Right to Work State
    Connecticut = Union Machinists

    See Boeing’s new plant in South Carolina.

    That’s why Florida is the choice. Could’ve been Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina, etc.

  • Ted

    Florida wants more gun manufacturers! I’m not sure if there are any defense contractors here, but there are more consumer gun companies around the state than I can list.

    It’s a great state for a gun owner.

    • Jerry

      CENTCOM and SOCOM are both in Florida… You tell me if there are any defense contractors around those two organization’s HQ 🙂

  • Westczek

    It may be used to produce a new polymer pistol for the commercial market. See the interview with Colt CEO in the last American Rifleman… Couldn’t find any other mention of it, but that is my guess.

  • uzim16

    Good for locals, $45,060 is good enough for living in FL.

  • hillbilly

    I want to see the Colt Detective Specials made again, maybe in .327 Magnum?

  • Pete Sheppard

    What? Did they buy Kel-Tec?

  • Jason M

    I hope they bring the 1903 Pocket Hammerless back. $mith & Wesson brought back some of the old classics, and those seem to be doing well.

  • William Highfield

    Does anyone know why Colt backed out of opening this facility?