Maverick Arms, Inc., a firearms maker specializing in shotguns, is undertaking an expansion of its manufacturing facility in Eagle Pass, TX.
The $3.4 million expansion which is creating 50 new jobs was secured with the help Texas economic development incentives in the form of a Texas Enterprise Fund (TEF) investment of $300,000.
The announcement was made by Governor Rick Perry. ‚ÄúThis TEF investment in Maverick Arms will help create jobs and opportunity in Eagle Pass, while reaffirming Texas’ longstanding support of the Second Amendment,‚Äù said Gov. Perry.
Maverick Arms‚Äô Eagle Pass facility already assembles shotguns and rifles for the various Mossberg brands. The expansion makes it possible for the company to consolidate barrel production to this facility.
Maverick Arms Inc. is a subsidiary of North Haven, CT-based Mossberg Corp., the oldest family-owned firearm maker in America and the world‚Äôs largest producer of pump-action shotguns.
Mossberg CEO Iver Mossberg noted that investing in Texas was an easy decision, adding that Texas is a state that that is not only committed to economic growth but also honors and respects the Second Amendment and the firearm freedoms it guarantees for the company‚Äôs customers.
The Maverick Arms facility is unique in this border region because it actually creates a lot of jobs locally. Most companies here are partners with the tax-advantaged Maquiladora facilities in Mexico that send back assembled goods after receiving materials and components transported from across the border.
Maverick Arms, on the other hand, cannot do this because of the restrictive gun control and firearm production policy in Mexico.
This is the second major expansion of Mossberg‚Äôs Eagle Pass facility in recent years, following an expansion in 2007 which doubled the facility‚Äôs space to 85,000 square feet. The original plant was opened in 1989 as a 40,000-square-foot facility in the Eagle Pass Industrial Park.
Mossberg said this new expansion allows them to take full advantage of the outstanding work ethic of their long time Eagle Pass employees, and will help the company meet the ever growing demand for Mossberg shotguns and rifles.
He also thanked Gov. Perry for his efforts, which Mossberg said have helped make this expansion possible and will help the company create even more jobs in the community.
Gov. Perry has also actively helped in efforts to attract firearms makers to Texas by writing letters to them highlighting the state‚Äôs combination of low taxes, skilled workforce, fair courts and smart regulations.
The Governor also attended the 2014 SHOT Show and Conference organized by the National Shooting Sports Foundation in Las Vegas, where he again shared this message with the industry leaders.