FN America: FN Manufacturing and FNH USA to Consolidate

FN Manufacturing and FNH USA (both I understand being subsidiaries of FN Herstal, Belgium) are consolidating to form FN America. The press release follow  …

(McLean, VA – June 6, 2014)  Philippe Claessens, CEO of the Herstal Group, today announced the decision to consolidate FN Manufacturing, LLC in Columbia, SC and FNH USA, LLC in McLean, VA into a single entity, FN America, LLC.

This new organization will be headquartered in McLean, VA.  FN America’s production facilities will remain in South Carolina.

“The consolidation of FN Manufacturing and FNH USA creates an exciting opportunity for efficiency, growth and profitability,” said Mark Cherpes, President and CEO of FNH USA.  “This merger will ensure a stronger, more agile organization that is better poised to meet current and future U.S. market challenges.”

FN America will be led by President and CEO Mark Cherpes, and will generate multiple benefits for distributors, dealers and consumers, including streamlined development and production of existing and new products and services.  The merger will also enable the company to better manage the complete product and customer care lifecycles for its military, law enforcement and commercial business lines.

Activities are currently underway to consolidate the management teams of FN Manufacturing and FNH USA into one, integrated organization headed by Mark Cherpes.  Jean-Louis Vanderstraeten is retiring as president & CEO of FN Manufacturing, LLC and moving to a new role as advisor to the FNA America chairman of the board.  Additional steps to complete the legal merger are anticipated to be concluded in the coming months.

FN America, LLC will unite the sales and marketing efforts of FNH USA, established in 1998 in McLean, VA, with the precision manufacturing capabilities of the Columbia, SC-based FN Manufacturing, a global leader in the development and manufacturing of high-quality, reliable firearms for the military, law enforcement and commercial markets, including the M240, M249, M4 and M16 rifles, the FNP™, FNX and FNS™ pistol lines, and the FN 15™ series of modern sporting rifles.

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  • Rusty Shackleford

    I’m sure a semi auto M240 & M249 is out of the question, but how about adding the red dot slide cut to all of the FNX pistols.

    • floppyscience
    • Michael

      I would love to see more pistols with the slide cut to accept a red dot.
      Hopefully the after market industry can produce something for existing pistols, they did with flashlight attachments and scope mounts for ARs with varying handles.
      I expect to see more pistols with Red Dot cut outs.
      Last year all we had was FN 45s and KelTec .22
      Now S&W, Eventually Glock will catch up

  • Geoff a well known Skeptic

    Sounds like an effort to consolidate the Government affairs branch and avoid replication of bribes…Geoff Who is a cynic and notes it takes a bureaugoddery to fight one…

    • fn mike

      not really

  • John Bear Ross

    F’N A, man, F’N A. 😉

    I love FN stuff. I wish I could afford more of their products.
    More overtime and ramen, I suppose.

  • Grahoo

    Virginia finally gets to have locally-made guns from a big name company! Love this. Felt jealous the other gun-friendly states were getting the moved companies like Magpul.

  • Anosynum

    So is there any chance they’ll actually start selling their stuff more actively in Canada? It’s absolutely ridiculous how hard it is to get a hold of their stuff up here. There’s maybe two or three retailers I know of, and those guys sell the product at a defty markup…

  • NotoriousAPP

    They should have used this opportunity to leave VA.

  • Don’t Drone Me Bro

    Maybe they’ll take a hint and finally produce a sub-compact FNS/FNX.