OXFORD, Miss. (AP) - Gov. Haley Barbour and officials with the Olin Corp., the parent of Winchester, the cut the ribbon Wednesday on the new Centerfire ammunition manufacturing operations in Oxford.
About 1,000 people are expected to eventually be employed at the Centerfire plant when it reaches its production capacity over the next five years.
The facility will produce small caliber pistol and rifle ammunition for commercial, law enforcement and military customers.
Barbour said he was glad to be celebrating the opening of the Winchester Centerfire operations less than a year after Olin officials announced they were coming to Mississippi.
The hiring of the first 200 to 250 employees is under way.
(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)