CZ-USA chooses Little Rock for Headquarters & Production

CZ P-10C Carry Pistol
CZ P-10C Carry Pistol

LITTLE ROCK, Ark.-(Ammoland.com)- CZ-USA, the U.S.-based affiliate of Czech firearms manufacturer Česká zbrojovka a.s. Uherský Brod (CZUB), announced today plans to locate their North American Headquarters and build a new manufacturing facility on approximately 73 acres at the Port of Little Rock. CZ-USA plans to implement a two-phase approach with an investment of up to $90 million and create some 565 jobs over a six-year period. CZ products are considered some of the highest-quality firearms in defense, competition and sport shooting around the world.

“As CZ looked to increase our presence in North America, it engaged in a multi-state search for the ideal location,” said Bogdán Heczko, CZ-USA chairman of the board. “The Arkansas workforce, culture, business climate and industry support cleared the way for us to choose Little Rock as our new home.”

In 2018, the Czech Republic imported some $2.6 million in commodities into Arkansas, and Arkansas exports to the country totaled roughly $8.2 million. Nearly 300 foreign-owned companies have operations in the state; however, CZ-USA is the first Czech company to have a presence in Arkansas.

“We are honored to have a world-renowned brand such as CZ call Arkansas home,” said Gov. Asa Hutchinson. “The location in the growing Port of Little Rock, combined with the high-paying jobs created by the company, will improve the quality of life for all Arkansans.” Construction will begin immediately, with initial start-up planned for March 2020. Production at the Little Rock facility will commence in two, three-year phases.

“Little Rock is open for business, and we could not be more thrilled to have CZ-USA at the Port of Little Rock,” said Mayor Frank Scott Jr. “Improving Little Rock's infrastructure is a top priority for me, which will ultimately lead to creating good-paying jobs, of which this is a prime example.”

Pulaski County Judge Barry Hyde said, “This is a huge victory for Pulaski County and the region. The City of Little Rock has been working to expand the Port for a number of years, and I'm glad to see the fruits of that labor. Through a partnership with the City of Little Rock, the County is developing the infrastructure to accommodate the new development within the expanded Little Rock Port.”

CZ-USA is currently seeking qualified applicants at www.littlerockchamber.com/cz. Interested applicants may submit their contact information to CZ-USA to stay informed as new job opportunities become available. Interested applicants may submit their contact information to CZ-USA to stay informed as new job opportunities become available.


About Arkansas Economic Development Commission (AEDC)

Created in 1955 to make Arkansas more competitive in the post-World War II era, the Arkansas Economic Development Commission (AEDC) seeks to create economic opportunity by attracting higher-paying jobs, expanding and diversifying local economies in the state, increasing incomes and investment, and generating positive growth throughout The Natural State. Arkansas is a pro-business environment operating leaner, faster and more focused through a streamlined state government designed to act on corporate interests quickly and decisively. Find out more at www.ArkansasEDC.com.

About CZ-USACZ logo

Since 1997, CZ-USA has offered American shooters and hunters the best firearms the Czech Republic has to offer. Its sister company, Česká zbrojovka a.s. Uherský Brod (CZUB) dates back to 1936, when it was established as a branch plant of Česká zbrojovka Strakonice. The companies employ nearly 2,000 worldwide. The recent expansion of its North American presence in Arkansas will allow CZ-USA to continue to improve, innovate, and add to the CZ-USA line-up of high-quality, affordable handguns, rifles, shotguns, and suppressors, plus custom-quality handguns from Dan Wesson. See how CZ-USA can make shooting better, easier and a lot more fun at www.CZ-USA.com.

  • 13 thoughts on “CZ-USA chooses Little Rock for Headquarters & Production

    1. I hope they only mfg plastic and tactical guns in the US. If they make their bolt guns and CZ 75 platform in Arkansas the quality will bottom out. I hope CZ doesn’t make a really big mistake by bringing production to the States. Please CZ, keep your flagship firearms made in-house in the Czech Republic otherwise you will destroy the brand.

      1. What are you basing your prejudice on? I’m currently in TN and I’m a Manufacturing Engineer. However, I’m from Arkansas. I really like CZ. I’m currently in the Quality Dept. at the job I’ve had for 15+ years now. What’s even more amazing is that 3 of the 5 people in our Quality department are from Arkansas! It seams that people from AR are a little OLD SCHOOL where quality is PRIORITY (maybe CZ understands that???). I’m from Little Rock, another person is from West Memphis, and the other person is from Batesville, AR. We all applaud CZ for choosing Little Rock, AR as their new head quarters. I plan to apply for a job their as a quality/manufacturing Engineer.

    2. I guess I fell behind. Thought CZ was already based in Kansas City? What was wrong with KC ( yeah too liberal, I know. But I’m from Springfield lol)?

      Tom

      1. Hey neighbor,i live west of you 45 miles.was thinkin same thing.
        I just shipped my cz 527 amrican back to cz.very inaccurate too much feeebore.
        I gues cz can hop over to lone oak n get test ammo from remington

    3. Arkansas is already home to Remington, Walther, Daisy, Umarex and now CZ. Outstanding! Firearms businesses recognize a gun-friendly place and benefit from it, as do gun owners across the country.

    4. AR is very adept in attracting business. AR is one of the few, if not only states that could support its population wholly from inside it’s own borders. Their state coffers have been full for years. Jobs are plentiful and wages pretty good.
      What’s the difference? They produce things. They dont just consume. Rice, soy beans, cotton, oil, fish, timber, manufactured goods, you name it. Yeah, they had ‘ol Clinton… no one’s perfect I guess.
      Good for AR.

    5. Cz has hit a home run with the Scorpion pistol caliber carbine, and the 365 pocket pistol that holds up to 12 rounds.
      Both guns are sold out as soon as they hit store shelves.
      Not to mention perennial best sellers 75, p-01, 938 and 238 pistols.
      Now they are manufacturing ammo and optics also! I see the Romeo red dots everywhere on gun blogs.
      Arkansas is lucky to have gotten a major company like CZ to relocate there.
      Was there lots of corporate welfare giveaways to attract them?

    6. Now, if the NRA had leadership smart enough to do the same, instead of spending OUR money tiredly on frivolous NY lawsuits that benefit no one. Kind of shows how deep the bench is in NRA leadership right now.

      1. Do you realize how ignorant your statement is (meaning devoid of fact)? The NRA is the one who was initially investigated and forced to sue NY in order to stay in business. Many of their problems may be of their own making but, in the case of the banks, what would you have them do, just give up?

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