By Joseph Ditzler

The Bulletin

Nosler Inc., the Bend-based bullet and ammunition maker, announced plans Tuesday to build a new, 30,000-square-foot manufacturing plant on 60 acres the company purchased in December in Redmond.

Nosler Investments LLC paid $869,000 for the property west of Redmond Airport. Plans call for moving machinery out of Nosler’s plant on SW Columbia Street in Bend to a new facility in Redmond, along with machinery from Silver State Armory, a Packwood, Washington, ammunition maker that Nosler purchased in 2013, said Zach Waterman, Nosler public relations manager. The Silver Star machinery will be refurbished in Bend before heading to Redmond, he said.

Silver State Armory ceased operations Jan. 15, according to The Chronicle, a newspaper in Lewis County, Washington.

Nosler’s new plant in Redmond, when built, will manufacture brass casings and ammunition, the loaded rounds, Waterman said.

“Construction, if it’s not completed by the end of the year … it’ll be pretty close,” he said Wednesday by phone from a trade show in Las Vegas.

The Bend plant would expand its manufacturing of bullets, the projectiles alone, he said. Nosler in January announced a product line based on its Silver State acquisition, SSA by Nosler, ammunition for hunting, competitive shooting and self defense, according to the Nosler website.

The Redmond plant would employ 20 people in manufacturing jobs and supervisory positions, he said.

Nosler undertook a “competitive process” in its hunt for an expansion site, said Jon Stark, Redmond manager for Economic Development for Central Oregon. He declined to identify other sites the company considered.

“The thing Redmond has going for it is attractive land prices, and plenty of it, access through a regional airport for further markets east and a community that is really supportive of this industry cluster that has grown over the years,” Stark said Wednesday.

EDCO along with the state, Deschutes County and Redmond assembled an incentive package that helped bring Nosler to the city. He declined to state the details.

However, Nosler will be eligible in Redmond for enterprise zone tax abatements of 100 percent on real property used in production, with conditions, for three years. EDCO and each jurisdiction involved must approve the application, Stark said.

Longer property-tax breaks and other incentives, such as fee waivers, are available if the company is approved and meets wage and hiring thresholds, according to information from EDCO.

“We were quite thrilled that they chose Redmond as a place to invest for their future expansion,” Stark said.

EDCO worked with Nosler and others for a year to find property to meet the company’s needs, he said.

Redmond Mayor George Endicott called the Nosler announcement, “a huge coup for us.”

“Redmond really does have a reputation of being business friendly,” he said, “and I think this is a pretty good example of seeing that pay off for us.”

— Reporter: 541-617-7815, jditzler@bendbulletin.com

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