Winchester Assumes Operational Control of Lake City Army Ammunition Plant

Winchester Assumes Operational Control of Lake City Army Ammunition Plant
Winchester Assumes Operational Control of Lake City Army Ammunition Plant

U.S.A.-( Olin Corporation (NYSE: OLN) announced that effective today, its ammunition division, Olin Winchester LLC (“Winchester”), assumed full management and operational control of the Lake City Army Ammunition Plant in Independence, Missouri. The U.S. Army selected Winchester to operate and manage the Lake City plant in September 2019. The contract has an initial term of seven years and may be extended by the U.S. Army for up to three additional years. Winchester is now the world’s largest small arms ammunition manufacturer.

“Winchester employees have built a reputation with the U.S. Army that is unrivaled, and for the past year, we have been preparing for this significant transition,” said Brett Flaugher, president of Winchester. “We were selected to manage the Lake City plant because of our industry-leading capabilities and track record. For decades, we have successfully demonstrated those capabilities in quality, innovation and on-time delivery as well as through our partnership with the U.S. Army in developing solutions that service the U.S. Warfighter. Our team is fully prepared and 100% committed to the safe, reliable and efficient operation of the Lake City plant.”

Winchester is one of the world’s most recognized and respected brands. Currently in its 154th year of operation and 90th year as part of Olin, Winchester is a premier developer and manufacturer of small caliber ammunition for sale to domestic and international militaries, law enforcement agencies, and commercial distributors and retailers. Winchester has been providing ammunition to the U.S. military since World War I and is currently the U.S. Army’s largest supplier of small caliber ammunition outside of the Lake City plant.

About Lake City

The Lake City Army Ammunition Plant, which began production in 1941, provides small caliber military ammunition for both training and combat purposes. Winchester previously operated the Lake City plant from 1985-2000. The plant, encompassing nearly 4,000 acres, also serves as a national test center for ammunition performance and weapons firing.

For information regarding Winchester’s Lake City operations, visit

About Olin Corporation

Olin Corporation is a leading vertically integrated global manufacturer and distributor of chemical products and a leading U.S. manufacturer of ammunition. The chemical products produced include chlorine and caustic soda, vinyls, epoxies, chlorinated organics, bleach, and hydrochloric acid. Winchester’s principal manufacturing facilities produce and distribute sporting ammunition, law enforcement ammunition, reloading components, small caliber military ammunition and components, and industrial cartridges.

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Elisa Delaurenti

Oh UGH. There is a serious threat to our right to bear arms because of narrow, monolithic and federally-controlled manufacture of essential ammunition components, smokeless powder (propellant), primers and cartridge brass. For example, there are only two manufacturers of smokeless powder in the U.S., one plant owned by defense contractor General Dynamics and another owned by defense contractor Alliant Systems (ATK). All other smokeless powder used in the U.S. is imported, and subject to immediate and arbitrary import restrictions. And, General Dynamics and Alliant Systems are subject to a standard condition of military contracts that 100% of their production may… Read more »

Last edited 2 years ago by Elisa Delaurenti

Thats because the United States Army owns the plant they just bring in a well known manufacturers to run it

Mike Hinds

I see “operate and manage”. for seven, and up to ten years. I did not see “ownership” mentioned anywhere.


Sooo, the Lake City Army Ammunition Plant is now owned by Fabrique de Herstal Corpration of Belgium.


Exactly what i was thinking.

Dogma Factor

Fabrique de Herstal Corpration of Belgium does not own the Olin Corporation the owners of Winchester Ammo. Olin sold off Winchester Repeating Arms along with a trade mark license agreement for the use of the Winchester Arms name to US Repeating Arms. US Repeating Arms was later acquired by Fabrique de Herstal Corpration of Belgium. Olin still owns the Winchester trade mark but licenses it’s use to Fabrique.

The Lake City plant is owned by the US Government, but will operated by the Olin Corporation under a multi year agreement. Olin previously operated under a similar agreement.

Last edited 2 years ago by Dogma Factor

No its owned by the Army and they bring in good well known ammunition manufacturers to run it


I almost clicked the thumbs up, but then you used the word good for winchester ammo manufacturing. I can go with well known but not good.


Not owned, “management and operational control”. Words have meaning, stick to the meaning of the words used.
This is however a sad day for America. Have you shot any “good” winchester ammo in the last 10 – 15 years. Me either. winchester has about the worst quality control of any American made ammo.
winchester is not capitalized on purpose.


I didn’t find the Fabrique connection.