guns and ammo

Obama has finally created thousands of new jobs... in the guns and ammo industry

Wednesday, March 27, 2013 by: J. D. Heyes
Tags: Obama, job creation, guns and ammo

eTrust Pro Certified

Most Viewed Articles
Popular on Facebook
BACK INTO THE CLOSET: Why U.S. reporters are not allowed to write about rainbow events in nations where being gay is still condemned
Depopulation test run? 75% of children who received vaccines in Mexican town now dead or hospitalized
A family destroyed: Six-month-old dies after clinic injects baby with 13 vaccines at once without mother's informed consent
Biologist explains how marijuana causes tumor cells to commit suicide
Companies begin planting microchips under employees' skin
BAM! Chipotle goes 100% non-GMO; flatly rejecting the biotech industry and its toxic food ingredients
ECONOMIC SLAVERY FOR ALL: While we were distracted with the Confederate flag flap, Congress quietly forfeited our entire economic future via fast-track trade authority
INVESTIGATION: Three days before Dr. Bradstreet was found dead in a river, U.S. govt. agents raided his research facility to seize a breakthrough cancer treatment called GcMAF
NJ cops bust teenagers shoveling snow without a permit
Chemotherapy kills cancer patients faster than no treatment at all
McDonald's in global profit free fall as people everywhere increasingly reject chemically-altered toxic fast food
March Against Monsanto explodes globally... World citizens stage massive protests across 38 countries, 428 cities... mainstream media pretends it never happened
Italian court rules mercury and aluminum in vaccines cause autism: US media continues total blackout of medical truth
The 21 curious questions we're never allowed to ask about vaccines
SCOTUS same-sex marriage decision may have just legalized the concealed carry of loaded firearms across all 50 states, nullifying gun laws everywhere
Orthorexia Nervosa - New mental disorder aimed at people who insist on eating a clean diet
Vicious attack on Dr. Oz actually waged by biotech mafia; plot to destroy Oz launched after episode on glyphosate toxicity went viral
Nearly every mass shooting in the last 20 years shares one surprising thing? and it's not guns
Delicious
(NaturalNews) President Obama's regulatory and fiscal policies have been blamed for keeping unemployment high, but one industry where there has been dramatic jobs growth is not likely one the president is happy about - firearms.

"Guns and ammo are selling briskly these days, and that means weapons makers are hiring. Some manufacturers are scrambling to find enough workers," CNNMoney reports.

In one example, Mike Weddle - chief of maintenance at Dynamic Research Technologies, an ammunition manufacturer in Albany, Mo. - said he is adding 10 new workers to his present staff of 35. The firm's machine operators earn between $10 and $17 an hour, a pretty good wage in a region where it is hard to find work and the cost of living is fairly low.

Right now, DRT makes 80,000 rounds per shift. The plant is operating two shifts per day. But that's not enough to meet the surging demand, which has been triggered in large part by renewed gun control efforts on the federal level (and in some states, like New York and Colorado). So, Weddle says he will add a third shift and is planning to build an additional manufacturing building.

"Demand picked up a year ago -- it quadrupled," he told CNNMoney. "It just went crazy."

One of the hardest calibers to keep in stock, he says, is .223, which is primarily used in semi-automatic rifles.

Shortages spreading - and worsening

DRT is just a small part of an industry which employs some 240,000 people nationwide, and that figure - again, led by shortages of weapons and ammunition (led in large part by the Department of Homeland Security's plans to buy 2 billion rounds of ammunition over the next few years) - is growing.

"Sturm, Ruger and Smith & Wesson have both added manufacturing capacity, which includes labor and shifts, in the past year," Wedbush Securities analyst Rommel Dionisio told the website.

Calib Ogilvie, a concealed-carry instructor employed by Cabot Gun & Ammo in Cabot, Ark., said employees at a nearby Remington plant in Lonoke have been telling him "they're running full-swing up there, running 24-7," just to keep up with the surging demand.

That's good news for companies like Smith & Wesson, Sturm, Ruger & Co., Remington and Colt - all of which are based in the post-industrial Northeast, where manufacturing jobs have all but vanished. That manufacturing void has created a large labor pool that is anxious for work, Dionisio said. He added that many of the new jobs, however, are "temporary, contract-type hires, as opposed to full-time, permanent hires," because companies aren't sure how long the demand surge will last.

That said, the companies also need highly skilled workers.

Brian Rafn, who follows the gun industry for Morgan Dempsey Capital Management, said competition is fierce between gun makers for top-flight engineers. He said that's because engineers are the ones who develop unique gun design flourishes that inspire buyers to add to their current collections.

"To get a guy to buy his 29th or 30th gun, you've got to come up with a whole new frame," Rafn told CNNMoney. "We're always looking at new products, and it's these guys who design them."

Such new features could include ergonomic frames, innovative safeties or firearm actions, side-mounted laser sights and other features that tend to make the weapon stand out or give it some sort of competitive edge. Rafn said engineers with computer-design skills can command salaries of $100,000 a year or more.

Backlog of orders, backlog of workers

Jacob Herman, the chief operating officer for Red Jacket Firearms in Baton Rouge, La., agreed that it was difficult to find qualified workers, and that for his business, that was his biggest challenge. His company currently has an 18-month backlog of orders.

Red Jacket is a family-owned company with 30 employees; the firm manufactures a version of the AR-15 semi-automatic rifle but due to the surge and backlog, the company has had to stop taking new orders for a while.

"Finding skilled machinists and advanced skilled labor is one of the biggest problems that we face in getting products out the door," Herman said, adding that "the firearms industry is fighting for the same employees as the exploding oil business, both here and in the Gulf (of Mexico) and in the Dakotas" (the oil industry is another one in which Obama has no use).

"The demand is so high, that I've probably got 250 guns in here for repair at any given time," said gunsmith Mark Raines, of Masters of Gun and Rod, in Tallahassee, Fla. "You make a good living, [but] you don't get rich. Because any time you work with your hands, you're limited to how much you can turn out in a 24-hour period."

Sources:

http://money.cnn.com

http://www.naturalnews.com

http://www.fox11online.com

Explore more on Obama by searching on GoodGopher.com, the search engine for truth seekers.
Join over four million monthly readers. Your privacy is protected. Unsubscribe at any time.
comments powered by Disqus
Take Action: Support NaturalNews.com by linking back to this article from your website

Permalink to this article:

Embed article link: (copy HTML code below):

Reprinting this article:
Non-commercial use OK, cite NaturalNews.com with clickable link.

Follow Natural News on Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus, and Pinterest

Colloidal Silver

Advertise with NaturalNews...

Support NaturalNews Sponsors:

Advertise with NaturalNews...

GET SHOW DETAILS
+ a FREE GIFT

Sign up for the FREE Natural News Email Newsletter

Receive breaking news on GMOs, vaccines, fluoride, radiation protection, natural cures, food safety alerts and interviews with the world's top experts on natural health and more.

Join over 7 million monthly readers of NaturalNews.com, the internet's No. 1 natural health news site. (Source: Alexa.com)

Your email address *

Please enter the code you see above*

No Thanks

Already have it and love it!

Natural News supports and helps fund these organizations:

* Required. Once you click submit, we will send you an email asking you to confirm your free registration. Your privacy is assured and your information is kept confidential. You may unsubscribe at anytime.