Heckler & Koch expands in Columbus, Georgia

The “No Compromise” company Heckler & Koch is expanding into a new 50,000 square foot building in columbus.
HK will invest $28.5 million to dig deeper into the US market. The building will be ready by the summer and about 85 jobs will be created over the next two years. The HK factory will be staffed by both German and American engineers.
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From the Heckler & Koch USA’s Press Release:

COLUMBUS, GA – Heckler & Koch, a manufacturer of firearms and accessories, will invest $28.5 million to expand its existing operations in Columbus, Georgia. The new 50,000 square-foot facility in the Corporate Ridge Business Park will be ready in the summer of 2017 at which time HK will consolidate its New Hampshire operations into Columbus.

HK worked closely with the Georgia Department of Economic Development, the Greater Columbus Georgia Chamber of Commerce and the Development Authority of Columbus prior to making the decision that is expected to create 84 new jobs over the next 2 years.

“HK’s new U.S. factory will make use of advanced manufacturing technologies and will be staffed by German and American engineers and technicians,” said Francisco Hidalgo, CEO of HKUSA. “The HK products will maintain the same level of quality and reliability that the consumer has grown to expect from HK. Our company motto is and will remain ‘No Compromise’.”

“Georgia’s pro-business environment and well-connected logistics network allows manufacturing companies to thrive in our state,” said Georgia Department of Economic Development Commissioner Pat Wilson. “Heckler & Koch’s decision to expand its existing operations corroborates our efforts to not only attract companies to Georgia, but to also retain them and support their growth. We look forward to working with our partners in Columbus to support HK in all of their endeavors.”

“One of our main priorities is to assist existing companies to achieve success,” said Brian Anderson, president & CEO of the Greater Columbus Georgia Chamber of Commerce. “By taking time to understand HK’s business, our team was able to provide the company access to valuable resources and guidance that will keep them firmly planted in the Columbus region.

“HK has been a company that has quietly excelled in Columbus for many years and we are certainly excited about their investment and plans to hire more people,” said Russ Carreker, chairman of the Development Authority of Columbus. “Columbus is a great place to achieve business success and we’re grateful HK chose to grow its business here.”

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The latest version of the HK MP5 A5 with a reflex sight.

HK now has operations in Germany, United Kingdom, France and the United States.

 

Somehow, I think it’s also worth remembering that the HK G28E was the winner in the CSASS Competition, and that the expansion might have something to do with this as well. It would make a lot of sense to have “Made in the USA” on the G28.

Another sources from 2016 was Jane’s: Heckler & Koch to build new US Army sniper rifle.

Let’s see if that assumption is right.

 

 

 





Eric B

Ex-Arctic Ranger. Competitive practical shooter and hunter with an European focus. Always ready to increase my collection of modern semi-automatic firearms, optics and sound suppressors. Owning the night would be nice too.


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  • Jose

    If they’re expanding its operations this summer, then it will be of interest if they bring the semi-auto HK243/G36 rifle and, like FN AMERICA, issue a “collector series” of rifles based on the military issue HK416/HK417. And, maybe…. a U.S. made MP7?

    But, that just me and my opinion

    • Pod

      H&K has repeatedly stated that part of the reason there’s no semi-auto MP7 (NFA or otherwise) is partially due to German export laws and US import laws. It’s a long shot, but a US factory could crank out something like that if they deem it’s worthwhile.

      My only real concern would be ammo, since it appears only Fiocchi and MEN produce the 4.7mm cartridge.

      • Harry’s Holsters

        Could HK start making MP7s here for LE use and then the engineers in the US make changes for the civilian market? My understanding is the export laws also apply to the design.

        • Pod

          You could be right. I’ll have to look around unless someone here can answer that.

          That being said, maybe the approval process in Germany is smoother if the company has a footprint in the US.

          I’d like to see them give it a go though. Build it as a pistol and let the end user decide if they want to SBR it or put on a brace.

          • Harry’s Holsters

            Do that and have a factory SBR. I’d like to know the LE cost on them. I think they’d sell well if the Firearms industry could ever partner with video game producers for Call of Duty editions and such. That would market to the 30 year old tech guy making $65K + plus a year who isn’t buying a ton of guys but would pay for his favorite video game gun.

      • HH

        4.6mm cartridge

        • Pod

          Gah yeah, 4.6mm

  • TDog

    H&K is expanding its facilities in the US because, you know, not selling its cool toys to the civilian market takes a lot of room.

    • BorisTheBulletMagnet

      It’s not really H&K’s fault.

      It’s German Export law, and American import law that form a perfect storm of bullshit and prevent Americans from importing H&K’s fun guns.

      • TDog

        Y’know… they lose two world wars they started and all of a sudden Germany’s touchy-feely about hurting people… ;-D

  • xebat

    Can somebody please explain to me in detail why the G28E is better than the SCAR Heavy for it’s purpose and why the SCAR Heavy can’t fulfill the roll, the G28E is supposed to be good at ?

    • Joshua

      The number one reason the H&K was chosen was due to the OSS suppressor.

  • Wolfgar

    This is becoming the renaissance of firearms. Good times, good times 🙂

  • Harry’s Holsters

    So if they start making MP7s for LE use here in the US does that mean the engineers over here can design an MP7 for civilians? My understanding is Germany won’t allow them to export the design for the civilian market.

    I just want and MP7. US made MP5s around LE prices would be great also.

  • Beardedrambler

    G36 at a reasonable price please.

  • Jeff

    Somehow, I think it’s also worth remembering that the HK G28E was the winner in the CSASS Competition, and that the expansion might have something to do with this as well. It would make a lot of sense to have “Made in the USA” on the G28.

    Thats exactly what happened with Beretta and their Accokeek, Maryland plant.

  • Jose

    It is possible to convert the MP-7 to fire 9mm Parabellum ammo, and using MP-5 magazines? Giving the fact that the MP-7 uses the same short stroke piston gas system, as the G36, instead of the MP-5’s blowback system, it could be a big challenge for HK to make that transition. Will this conversion work?

    • Quest

      I think absolutly yes, and will lock +p+ loads perfectly well.

  • Joshua Jacumin

    I know where Im heading at the beginning of the Zombie Apoc.

  • Political climate in Germany is turning ever colder for weapons exporters. HK is wise to set deeper roots in America, and especially wise to do so on the doorstep of Ft. Benning.