New ammunition company in Kanawha County to hire 400

Published: May. 31, 2016 at 9:36 AM EDT
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KANAWHA COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A new company in Kanawha County could bring more than 400 new jobs to the area.

Ranger Scientific announced Tuesday it will build one of the largest industrial facilities in Kanawha County, according to the company's website. The company made the announcement during an event Tuesday morning at Riverside High School.

"We're proud to be an American company, based right here in West Virginia," said Daniel Pearlson, Ranger's President & CEO. "Ranger considered seven different states and spent many months in search of its permanent base of operations. Ranger would like to thank the fine people of Texas, Alabama, Tennessee, and Kentucky for all of their efforts. We are very fortunate and proud to make our new home in the Kanawha Valley of West Virginia."

The company will build its "Olympus" factory site located on a reclaimed mountaintop coal removal mine.

According to the company's website, Ranger plans to employ more than 400 factory workers in the first phase of its Olympus advanced technology automated manufacturing complex.

Ranger's small arms ammunition factory will be a small part of Ranger's planned future development, according to the release.

According to the company's website, Ranger Scientific has exclusive patent pending technology to mass-produce rifle ammunition that’s more than twice the accuracy of the highest quality “match grade” ammunition.

"Ranger is the kind of high-technology forward-thinking enterprise we've long needed to help bring prosperity to West Virginia," President of West Virginia Senate Bill Cole said. "We are very proud and pleased that Ranger Scientific has chosen to build the first-of-its-kind high-technology factory in West Virginia's Kanawha Valley. Our state is a great place for industrial development with thousands of highly motivated, loyal, and hard-working people ready to go to work!"

"We're proud of the business climate we've created in our state and look forward to seeing this project come to fruition," West Virginia Governor Earl Ray Tomlin said. "We're always excited to see companies locate and expand in West Virginia, and Ranger Scientific's plan to hire hundreds of West Virginia workers is great news."