Those who reload will know all too well the struggles we’ve faced over the last couple of years when it comes to finding primers for our home-rolled ammunition. Near the start of the global pandemic, a combination of factors led to a bum-rush on reloading components and while projectiles, powder, and press remained more or less plentiful, primers almost became extinct except for extremely inflated deals from predatory scalpers and of course primers going directly from the big four primer manufactures to all of the big ammunition plants. Enter Expansion Industries – a new dog in the fight. A while back we covered the announcement about their new primer production facility but many of you remained skeptical that Expansion Industries would just follow the same path that the big four did – ignoring customers like you and me and just focusing on large corporate contracts. Today our guest Richie Smissen, one of the three co-owners of the family-owned Expansion Industries is here to alleviate your fears about the company’s goals, motives, and mission statement. Wondering where they got the funding to start up their production? Listen in and learn! After speaking with him about his company, their story, and what they want to do, I think you’ll all be excited to hear what he has to say.
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TFB B-Side Podcast: New Primers? Richie with Expansion Industries
Expansion Industries is probably better known for their brand of training ammunition – Expansion Ammunition. However, as you’ll discover today, Expansion Industries is setting out to do more than just produce high-quality range and training ammunition. Our guest and one of the three principal owners of the family-owned and operated Expansion Industries Richie gives us the inside scoop today on Expansion Industries’ new primer production facility that aims to get out primers to handloaders like you and I.
In today’s episode, Richie goes over the company’s history, company culture, and shares with us some of the struggles and hurdles they’ve had to overcome to help get this new facility up and running to give the reloading market what it wants. Please welcome Richie Smissen from Expansion Industries to the program.
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