Family run business competes in global ammo industry

Steve Johnson
by Steve Johnson

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.”

Steve Johnson
Steve Johnson

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