AOBC national distribution center to be built in Boone County
Columbia, MO- Today, Gov. Eric Greitens announced that American Outdoor Brands Corporation (NASDAQ Global Select: AOBC), a company that represents a broad portfolio of entities in the hunting and outdoor enthusiast market, including Smith & Wesson, intends to establish a national distribution center in the Columbia area of Boone County. The company plans to break ground on the new 500,000 sq. ft. facility in the next several months and create around 300 jobs in the next several years.
The Governor released a video of him announcing the jobs at Green Valley Rifle and Pistol Club with leaders from Battenfeld Technologies, another member of the American Outdoor Brands Corporation Family.
American Outdoor Brands Corporation, the parent company of the iconic Smith & Wesson Corp., acquired Columbia-based Battenfeld Technologies in 2014. The company is planning to construct a new, larger building in the area to accommodate the 100 employees that currently operate out of its facility located on Lemone Industrial Boulevard, as well as the hundreds of new team members that are expected to be hired in the future.
Missouri competed against several other states to land AOBC’s potential $55 million-expansion. Ultimately, the company chose to move forward with the Show-Me State, crediting it for its highly-skilled workforce, central location, and new, conservative leadership.
If all contingency requirements are met, construction for the new site, which is planned on Route Z in the southern part of the county, would begin this spring and take approximately 18 months to complete. The new facility would serve as the national distribution center for the company as well as the operations and assembly facility for Battenfeld Technologies.
This is a release from the Missouri Department of Economic Development.