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Harley-Davidson Still On Strike

Winchester has long been a proud name in the firearms business. As a boy growing up, I wanted a Winchester shotgun so I could go hunting with my father, who used a Winchester when he went hunting for pheasants, ducks and geese.

Last year Winchester closed its manufacturing facility in the United States. They did not go out of business. Unfortunately for the American workers who made Winchesters, they are now manufacturing and assembling their rifles and shotguns in other countries. Are you listening Harley-Davidson workers?

From the Winchester web site:

There have been many questions over the past several weeks about the future and status of Winchester brand rifles and shotguns. We hope that the questions and answers below will help clear up any misconceptions and assure you that we are aggressively moving forward in providing a line of rifles and shotguns with the quality, durability and good design you expect from the greatest firearms brand of all time. Q. I heard that your company is closing down the Winchester firearms factory in Connecticut. Is this true? A. Yes, this is true. On January 17 of 2006 it was announced that U.S. Repeating Arms Company (the company that makes Winchester brand Model 94s, Model 70s and the Model 1300 Speed Pump Shotgun) would be shutting down one of the factories which makes Winchester guns. The factory is located in New Haven, Connecticut. Q. Why is the plant being closed? A. Over the years, many efforts were made to improve profitability at the manufacturing facility in New Haven, and the decision to shut this factory was made after exhausting all available options. Q. Are there other factories making Winchester products? A. Yes. Our other factories will continue production uninterrupted. Products made at these factories include the Super X line of shotguns including the new Super X3 autoloader and the new Super X Rifle (SXR) centerfire autoloader. Both are made in Belgium and assembled in Portugal. In addition, we will continue with our line of quality Select over and unders: the only production Belgium-made over and unders in the world. Our special historic guns -- 1885s, 95s, as well as other limited series rifles -- continue to be made at our factory in Japan. These factories are unaffected by the New Haven closure and we continue forward with our production and future plans.

You can read Winchester's official press release here.

Posted by Rick | February 21, 2007 02:45 PM

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