Associated Press Published

Bullet Manufacturer to Build Ammunitions Plant in West Virginia


Correction: Name corrected from Ranger Scientific LLC to Ranger Scientific. 


An ammunitions company has announced plans to build a factory in southern West Virginia and add 400 jobs.

Ranger Scientific officials said Tuesday the company has acquired 1,000 acres on a reclaimed mountaintop removal coal mine.

It says the $50 million facility will produce more than 500 million rounds of specialty rifle ammunition each year.

Ranger President and CEO Daniel Pearlson says the company chose West Virginia over six other states. According to media outlets, he says bullet manufacturing is expected to begin by 2018.

The company says the plant will mass produce “harmonically tuned” rifle ammunition, which is used in Olympic and other international competitions as well as by expert hunters and in specialized U.S. military applications. Those types of bullets reduce weapon vibration during firing.