Ammo Manufacturer Calling Osceola Co. Home
Firearms And Ammunition Business Coming To Small Iowa County
One of the smallest counties in Iowa will soon be home to a firearms and ammunition manufacturer. Not only will the new company bring much needed jobs and economic development to the area, Osceola County officials hope it helps them find a new niche.
The town of Sibley is home to around 3,000 people. There you’ll find stores like ‘The Porch on Main’, ‘The Lantern Coffeehouse’ and of course, ‘Pizza Ranch’ adorns it’s downtown. And like many small towns, residents have to work hard to keep and attract people to the area.
Osceola County Economic Development Commission Executive Director Mike Earll said, “So many times you hear of the areas that have the brain drain where we educate our kids here in our schools and then unfortunately we send them off colleges and universities and rarely get them back.”
But there’s a lot of things about Sibley and Osceola County that one company found beneficial.
Earll said, “We are located right here on the Highway 60. The traffic has increased dramatically since that has been completed from Sioux City to the Twin Cities.”
After the first of the year, Capital Armament Company has plans to relocate from a suburb of the Twin Cities to a rental property in Sibley. They’ll operate there until their new 8,000 square foot facility is constructed on 23 acres just north of town.
City of Sibley Administrator Glenn Anderson said, “Anytime you can acquire a business from outside is unusual.”
While residents know a thing or two about guns, the area is mostly known for it’s agriculture. City and county officials hope the new company will attract a new, unique set of buyers.
Anderson said, “They actually plan on bringing groups during the year to have specific things done out there. Well if you have a couple hundred people it brings a little bit of notoriety to that town and brings people to that town, it brings people that leave that town and impression of that town, same thing could happen here.”
Cap Arms hopes to get into the new facility by the end of 2015. They will employ six people to start with, including it’s three owners. They hope to increase that number to 36 people in their third year of operation.