The US military recently awarded Winchester, the largest manufacturer of small caliber ammunition for the US military, a $ 13 million contract to develop process development for the 7.62mm NATO cartridge. The work will be carried out at the Lake City Army Ammunition Plant (LCAAP), located in Independence, Missouri. It is the only contractor operated small arms production facility owned by the United States government. This project was awarded under Winchester’s $ 8 billion contract to operate the LCAAP.
“Winchester is extremely proud to have won this military ammunition manufacturing development project,” said Brett Flaugher, President of Winchester Ammunition. “Our entire Lake City team are honored and fully committed to supporting the American fighter. ”
Winchester took operational control of LCAAP, which is located on 3,935 acres, in October 2020. Only 14 days later, semi-trailers left the factory filled with cartridges for military use. “This is a significant milestone for Winchester, our first expedition to the US government after assuming the direction and operational control of Lake City,” Flaughers said at the time. “Our ability to execute this transition process and make our first delivery within two weeks is a testament to our dedicated work force. The plant produces 5.56 NATO, 7.62 NATO, 0.50 BMG and 20mm payloads, as well as small arms components.
The US government created the LCAAP in 1940 to meet the high demand for ammunition during World War II. In 1941, Remington managed installation and production, but in 1985, Olin Corporation took over supervision. In 2001, Alliant Technosystems claimed the helm, but Winchester, now in its 155th year in business and 91st under Olin, is once again managing the operations of the strategically critical plant. About 2,000 staff members work there and produce more than two billion cartridges each year.