American Outdoor Brands (AOB), a company that represents a broad portfolio of entities in the hunting and outdoor enthusiast market, including Smith & Wesson, broke ground on their new 500,000 sq. ft. distribution facility near Columbia, Missouri. The distribution center is expected to create 328 new jobs jobs, 154 of those within the first three years.
“Our top priority is bringing more opportunities to the people of Missouri and growing our economy,” said Missouri Governor Eric Greitens earlier this year. “We’re fighting for more jobs every day, and we’re grateful for strong leaders in the private sector who recognize the strength and potential of Missouri’s workforce. We are thrilled to announce more investment and hundreds of jobs from a great company in Missouri.”
“We continue to focus on our vision of being a leading provider of high-quality products for the shooting, hunting, and rugged outdoor enthusiast,” said James Debney, President and CEO of AOB. “Establishing a national distribution center will allow us, over time, to harvest synergies across our businesses. Our meetings with representatives of Missouri and Gov. Greitens demonstrated that they are business-friendly and understand what we need as a company to be successful.”
As part of AOB’s process, they looked at 85 sites in 10 different states before selecting Columbia, Missouri. The company is investing $55 million in the expansion.
For more information on AOB’s job creation in Missouri check out our full article on the announcement here, or contact Steve Johnson, CEO of Missouri Partnership, at 314.725.2688 or via our contact form, with any questions you might have, and learn how Missouri Partnership can help with your business investment needs.