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Czech firearms maker CZ to build factory at Little Rock Port

A Czech firearms maker announced plans today to build a factory at the Little Rock Port that is expected to employ 565 people in six years. An Arkansas Economic Development Commission news release said CZ-USA, a subsidiary of ?eská zbrojovka a.s. Uherský Brod (CZUB), will make Little Rock its headquarters and invest $90 million in the plant.

It will use 73 acres at the port to produce firearms for defense, shooting competition and sport shooting.

The AEDC quoted Bogdan Heczko, chairman of the CZ-USA board, as saying Arkansas was chosen in a multi-state search for its "workforce, culture, business climate and industry support."

Construction is to begin immediately with initial startup in March 2020 and phased-in production. Gov. Asa Hutchinson, Mayor Frank Scott Jr. and Pulaski County Judge Barry Hyde all cheered the news, said to be the biggest industrial announcement in Little Rock in a decade.

The company is taking job applications. At the news conference, officials said jobs would pay $22 an hour and up.

I've asked for information about development incentives offered to the company and also terms on the port land. The port has expanded with the help of infusions of Little Rock sales tax proceeds.

The company's website says the Czech parent dates to 1938. It has shipped guns to the U.S. since 1991 through a variety of distributors. In 1997, it began its own distribution from a warehouse in California that moved to Kansas City, Kan., in 1998. [full article]

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Getting Out of Dodge is Spreading Like Measles

Bob Rogers

Moving day has become a habit for a gaggle of firearms companies looking to breathe some pro-gun fresh air.

The West and Southwest are gaining what some gun control states are losing. The exodus began a few years ago with new venues in the deep south and “upper south” states that include the Carolinas, Alabama, Tennessee, Georgia, Florida, Kentucky and others along with western efforts that saw Magpul leave Colorado in a twofer – Wyoming and Texas – and Weatherby, which could no longer put up with Calipornia’s (we know: sic) liberals for conservative Wyoming.

It was announced yesterday morning that CZ, the Czech company famed for its’ innovative firearms, would be following SIG Sauer’s ammo factory into new digs in Jacksonville, Arkansas by setting up camp in Little Rock Port, AR.

Appearing almost as an addiction, eastern seaboard states are becoming more diseased every day with gun control afflictions that put gun companies on the run for cleaner, better conditioned climes. Feeling welcomed instead of detested reflects the encroaching political and ideological divide that is slicing that part of the nation that sits the middle ground between the east and west coasts.

Lesser and more rural states are welcoming their new neighbors as if whatever ills Gundom can only be corralled by the antibiotics of fresh air and fresh political faces. To do that, some states are offering sweet tax and investment incentives in exchange for jobs. Weatherby, for instance, advertised for 75 new workers in its Sheridan, WY, factory.  In Arkansas, CZ is looking to fill as many as 575 new employee positions.

Colorado is still squeamish from losing $80 million in tax dollars when Magpul pulled up stakes. The lessons to be learned here by liberal anti-gun states run by Democrats and the Democrat Press Release Media (DPRM) is that the libs don’t pay near enough to keep their formerly glum gun-making neighbors happy.

It appears, doubtless, that the GetOuttaDodge disease is spreading.

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