American Tactical Imports Relocating From Rochester, NY to Summerville, SC

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American Tactical Imports have announced their relocation from Rochester, New York to Summerville, South Carolina. They will be creating 117 new jobs in the region. Earlier this year, after New York passed the seven round magazine bill, I spoke to a company employee who mentioned they were looking to relocate. That magazine limiting bill ended up having to be withdrawn a couple of months later, but no doubt it gave New York’s diminishing firearm industry yet another reason to leave.

The press release follows …

American Tactical Imports (ATI), a worldwide importer of firearms, ammunition and tactical equipment to the United States, announced today that it will open a warehousing and distribution location in Dorchester County.

The Eastport Industrial Park location in Summerville also will be the site for limited firearm assembly, as well as the company’s headquarters, its customer service center and its sales office.

The $2.7 million investment is expected to generate 117 new jobs.

“This move to South Carolina will help ensure a solid foundation for our company,” says Tony DiChario, president and founder of American Tactical Imports. “The relocation process will be smooth and we have ensured that the process will not affect customer service, product distribution or any other segment of our business. The people of South Carolina have welcomed ATI with open arms and we are excited about making our new corporate home there.”

As one of the gun industry’s top importers of firearms and firearm related accessories, ATI’s decision to relocate is two-fold. ATI believes it is imperative that a firearms importer and manufacturer do business within a state that is friendly to the second amendment rights of the people.

It is also important that ATI be close to the port-of-entry into the country for several of their imported products. The relocation to South Carolina ensures that both of these factors are met.

ATI will begin the location process to Summerville next month.

“Today’s announcement is another testament that South Carolina is a destination for job-creating investments,” said Gov. Nikki Haley. “We celebrate American Tactical Imports’ decision to invest $2.7 million and create 117 new jobs in Dorchester County.”

Since January 2011, South Carolina has recruited more than $500 million in capital investment and more than 4,000 jobs in the warehouse and distribution sector.

“South Carolina is the perfect location for companies like American Tactical that depend on the ability to move product efficiently,” said Secretary Bobby Hitt. “Our state’s business-friendly resources and excellent workforce further underscore what makes South Carolina just right for business.”

Factors that influenced the company’s decision included workforce availability, market access and the ability to import products through the Port of Charleston, which is the deepest port in the South Atlantic and known for its industry-leading productivity.

“The SC Ports Authority welcomes American Tactical as a new customer,” said Jim Newsome, president and CEO of the South Carolina Ports Authority. “Our capable harbor will facilitate their ability to import goods from Europe and Asia, helping grow the resurgence of manufacturing in the U.S. This announcement is a testament to the fact that South Carolina is a great place to do business.”

“We are pleased to welcome American Tactical Imports to the region,” said Bob Whitten, chairman of the Charleston Regional Development Alliance Board. “The Port of Charleston, readySC’s customized training programs and our supply of highly skilled workers were critical factors in American Tactical Imports’ decision to locate its headquarters in Dorchester County. The company will be an asset to our community.”

“We welcome American Tactical Imports to Dorchester County,” said Dorchester County Council Chairman Bill Hearn. “The County’s skilled workforce and proximity to the Port of Charleston played a major role in the company’s decision. We are excited to welcome ATI to Dorchester County and look forward to a long relationship with them.”

The Coordinating Council for Economic Development approved job development credits.


Steve Johnson

Founder and Dictator-In-Chief of TFB. A passionate gun owner, a shooting enthusiast and totally tacti-uncool. Favorite first date location: any gun range. Steve can be contacted here.


  • Doopington

    Why does nobody ever end up in Virginia? We have FNH and HK offices here I believe, and we have NRA HQ too.

    • DaveP.

      And you’re about to have a fairly prominent gungrabber as governor, and already have a fairly ‘blue state’ union model (which means higher production costs and higher taxes), and have worse weather.

      • Roland_1911

        Being a son of the Dominion, I hate to agree.
        But you are correct sir.

      • vamtns

        You’re right. NC is more gun friendly than VA is now and it will get worse here. McAuliffe grew up in Syracuse NY. Only came to Va around 1980 to go to Georgetown. Woe to our Virginia….

        • David Larose

          the northern liberal infects any area he relocates to like a virus

    • LRB

      The FN factory is not far from my house in the great state of South Carolina. Home to FN Manufacturing, PTR Rifles and now soon ATI. We are one of the most friendly gun states in the nation and its starting to show.

      • Anonymous

        Ah! A fellow South Carolinian! I have four gun stores within five minutes of my house. I could walk to the Palmetto State Armory store from my house. It’s good to live in SC.

        • David Larose

          and fireworks too, it’s great to be a South Carolinian

      • CUrob

        You forgot Stag – moving to Aynor

    • Cornelius Carroll

      I think Remington as well. I swear I’ve driven past offices/manufacturing of theirs somewhere between Culpeper and Warrenton.

      • vamtns

        you drove past Remington VA. No Remington Arms facilities located there.
        Remington Corporate headquarters are located in Madison NC just off US 220. I drive by there frequently.They also have a facility in Pineville NC.

  • M.M.D.C.

    I’ll join the above chorus and welcome ATI to my home state.

  • Cornelius Carroll

    7 rounds?!? SEVEN? Seriously? Wow. Heck, revolvers are pushing the “limit” in that state.

    • Steve (TFB Editor)

      yes indeed. The bill had to be removed from the books because it would have caused so many problems.

    • Cymond

      Yeah, the original limit was 7 rounds, although people were allowed to keep the 10-round magazines they already had. The legislators, though, didn’t even realize that 7-round magazines don’t exist for most guns. Eventually, they altered the law so that you can buy & possess 10-round magazines … but you’re only allowed to load them with 7 rounds! Yeah, that’ll stop crime …

      Sorry, I know, no politics.

      • Cornelius Carroll

        Only allowed to load 7? Lol. Wow. “You can buy four Oreos but only eat three. Last one has to stay in the package.” That regulation would do more good and be just as enforceable (non-enforceable).

  • Tim Pearce

    Good for ATI. I doubt it’ll make an impression on the NY state regime. They probably view the jobs lost as no real loss.

    • Nicks87

      For Liberal democrats ideology is more important than making sure Americans have good paying jobs or their ability to enjoy the freedoms granted by our country’s founding document. They would rather us live in a welfare state where the govt can keep us “safe”.

  • MZupcak

    As a Rochesterian for over 20 years, I say…GOOD FOR THEM. NY sucks.

  • Jeremy Star

    Good for them!

  • Lance

    With the stupidity of the NY SAFE act and other gun bans I see why they moved to a more gun friendly state.

  • DiverEngrSL17K

    RE : Paragraph 11 Of The Press Release Quoted Above :

    Charleston has one of the deepest natural ports on the Atlantic Coast of the southern United States, NOT the “South Atlantic”, unless you are prepared to defy geography and re-locate everything somewhere south of Northern Brazil and the Equator.

  • JT

    Do you know who else is based out of NY? Pepsico. I think NY politician might change their tune when they enact a “high capacity soft drink” ban, Pepsico sees it coming to the state and leaves with all it’s millions of dollars

    • Anonymous

      Lol, Pepsi was created in NC. LOL, RETURN TO THE GLORIOUS DEEP SOUTH!

  • Anonymous

    SC is best Carolina… And best state too!

  • CUrob

    Awesome… welcome to the free south gentlemen!