Hodgdon Powder Company, Inc. the owners of the GOEX and Olde Eynsford black powder brands, have announced that they will shut down their black powder manufacturing arm and close their manufacturing operations in Camp Minden, Louisiana. The news will come as a shock to black powder shooters and reloaders who rely on GOEX and Olde Eynsford products.
Here’s Hodgdon Powder Company’s announcement in full:
Effective immediately, Hodgdon Powder Company, Inc. has made the decision to cease manufacturing operations at the company’s Camp Minden, Louisiana site while evaluating strategic options for the black powder business.
The business will wind down operations while an evaluation process on the future of the black powder business takes place. Strategic options for the GOEX and Olde Eynsford brands of black powder, along with the manufacturing capabilities, will include a potential sale of the business. All affected employees will be retained through December 31, 2021 to assist in an orderly closing of the site and receive severance commensurate with their years of service to the company.
The Hodgdon Powder Co., Inc has been honored to have been a part of the GOEX Powder legacy and sustains a fond appreciation for sporting customers who have enjoyed shooting GOEX powders.
Hodgdon Powder Company, Inc., established in the late 1940s, are the largest US supplier of smokeless, black powder and black powder substitute propellants controlling a range of brands including Hodgdon, IMR, Ramshot, Accurate, Winchester, Pyrodex, Triple Seven, Blackhorn 209 and GOEX. Speaking with Hodgdon Powder Company they explained that their plan moving forward was to focus on their smokeless and muzzleloader (black powder substitute) offerings.
They do next expect any impact on their other categories or brands as the only location which produced black powder was the Camp Minden factory. The company hopes to sell the factory and GOEX and Olde Eynsford brands to a company which can continue production. Aaron Oelger, Hodgdon’s Vice President of Sales & Marketing said “black powder shooters are a key and valued group of the outdoor community and we would like to see another brand steward take the GOEX brand forward for this segment of shooters.”