Ammo Inc. More Ammunition Production, Just In Time…

AMMO Inc New Ammo Manufacturing Plant Wisconsin 2021
AMMO Inc’s New Ammo Manufacturing Plant, Wisconsin 2021

USA – -( Their black boxes of ammo had been setting on the shelves in some big box sporting goods outlets for a couple of years, but I really did not pay that much attention. Then I came across information that Ammo Inc. was building a new ammunition manufacturing plant in Wisconsin. This did get my attention. Contact was made with Jim Mann, the general manager of what I thought was the Wisconsin branch of Ammo Inc.

Arrangements were set up and the 80-mile drive north from Milwaukee, to Manitowoc, Wisconsin was made. I spent the afternoon with Mr. Mann touring the current production operation of Ammo Inc and visiting the grounds where they are building their new 160,000 square foot, state-of-the-art ammunition manufacturing operation.

Ammo Incorporated ( started life in August of 2019, assembling components into ammunition in Arizona. They were purchasing finished brass shell casings from Jagemann Munition Components in Manitowoc, Wisconsin. An opportunity was presented to Ammo Inc to acquire the operation from Jagemann and the concept of locating the entire ammo production in one location in Manitowoc, Wisconsin was born.


Projectiles/bullets, powder, and primers had to be acquired. These components were then added to the finished brass cases already manufactured in Manitowoc, for final production of ammunition. In 2021, Ammo Inc started its own projectile manufacturing in a stand-alone operation also in Manitowoc. When the new manufacturing plant is finished, the projectile production will move in.

Powder and primers still have to be sourced. All the components meet up in Manitowoc and become the product lines of the premier ammunition manufacturer of Wisconsin. Ammunition is no longer made in Arizona.

Did You Say Primers!?

Primers drive the ammunition manufacturing world. Without a continuing source of primers, you are not in the ammo business. With the current political climate, and the understood but rarely talked about issue that the US could be in yet another shooting war in the next 12-24 months, fresh ammo fails to remain on any retail sales shelf for long.

This week’s Powerball Lottery is well over $500 million. If you were to win that and had all the money you could ever want to spend, you still could not get into the ammo manufacturing business starting from scratch. There just are not enough components out there to go around to those who are already in the ammunition manufacturing business. No one is going to just sell you their hard to acquire components–least of all primers.

From what I am understanding a bartering system has developed in the ammo-making world, even with the large old-name ammunition manufacturers. “I have a million dollars worth of brass cases I am willing to trade for a million dollars worth of primers” this appears to be a current trend in the ammo game.

Mr. Mann told me he is producing 35 million to 45 million rounds of ammo a month. The operation runs seven days a week for 21 of every 24 hours in a day. There is no margin for error and there is no wiggle room to make up production. It is that critical. If there is a two-day statewide electrical power outage causing Ammo Inc to shut down operations, there is a very limited possibility to make up those two days of missed manufacturing.

I would suggest that everyone in the ammunition manufacturing business could suffer greatly from an extended delay in production. Time is critical and the loss of that time costs money that cannot be recouped.

At this point in history, the demand for ammunition never ends.

Besides the 45 million rounds of loaded ammunition, Ammo Inc produces 10-15 million finished brass cases.

I assume if you have to barter for primers you need fresh, shiny, new finished cases to exchange for primers or even powder.

6.5 Creedmoor is the new and upcoming cartridge that the US Special Forces has adopted. In the near future, a standard light machinegun will be deployed by Infantry platoons that will be chambered in 6.5 Creedmoor. Ammo Inc will be one of the leading ammunition manufactures of that cartridge.

Therein lies the juggling act that most ammunition manufacturers face. How to make enough ammo in a specific caliber that meets the needs of the shooting and hunting American sporting public and be ready to fill the ever-growing needs of the nation and our military requirements who are using that same cartridge.

The new production plant will incorporate all the latest security features to protect the operation from the evils of the outside world.

A five-point, 25-yard underground range is being built along with a 200-yard underground rifle range. If you make ammo you have to be able to test it under real-world shooting conditions to prove you in fact do make excellent ammunition.

Wisconsin has two quality manufacturers in the firearms industry that are both making a difference. Henry Rifles of Rice Lake, Wisconsin, and now Ammo Inc of Manitowoc, Wisconsin are stellar assets to the state and the national hunting and shooting public. In times of crisis, both companies will quickly become national assets in the safety of our country.

“On Wisconsin”–firearms and ammo.

~ Major Van Harl USAF Ret.

About Major Van Harl USAF Ret.:

Major Van E. Harl USAF Ret., a career Police Officer in the U.S. Air Force, was born in Burlington, Iowa, USA, in 1955. He was the Deputy Chief of police at two Air Force Bases and the Commander of Law Enforcement Operations at another. He is a graduate of the U.S. Army Infantry School. A retired Colorado Ranger and currently is an Auxiliary Police Officer with the Cudahy PD in Milwaukee County, WI. His efforts now are directed at church campus safety and security training. He believes “evil hates organization.” [email protected]

Major Van Harl USAF Ret

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Although this is a boon to Wisconsin, I would of rather seen it go to a low tax Southern ( Red ) state then a high tax ( Blue) State. I foresee a troubling future for gun/ ammo manufacturing in Leftist dominated states – New York and Remington come to mind .


I wondered this myself. Outside of already having the brass mfg there, it seems to not be a place to invest 2A $ into for the long term. I’m sure they know more than us however.


second it for south carolina, or florida even willing to work graveyard shift for a company that moves to either


There is more than a lower tax base, do your states have enough trained workers to run the machines. My small town in Wi gives a 10 year free property tax to any company starting up in our town. Also we are not blue, the senate and house are republican controled. Would not have a dem gov, but for they “found” just enough votes to put the dem over by one percent so Walker could not ask for a recount.There is more to it than just lower taxes, just ask Henry why they chose Wi for their factory.


I had the same thought. Why locate in a state that may vilify you as part of the gun manufacturing world at any time? Beretta moved out of Maryland and S&W is leaving Massachusetts for that very reason and the fact that the states actually outlawed some of the guns they manufacture. I’ve lived in both New York and California and didn’t stay in either state a minute longer than I had to.

Desert Rat

Sig is building an ammo plant in Arkansas. Next door to that plant is another large plant dedicated to the manufacture of only primers. It should be up and running in a few months.


That’s great news.

The expansion into primer manufacturing is planned to support their ammunition production.

The investment amounts seem small. I wonder how many primers they will be proucing annually.


That’s great news.

I posted a link to an article on the expansion, but it’s on hold.

The expansion into primer manufacturing is planned to support their ammunition production.

The investment amounts seem small. I wonder how many primers they will be proucing annually.


Great news.

I posted two replys, but they are both on hold.


A manufacturer focusing exclusively on primers, will be helpful in alleviating the current situation.


Unlikely – due to reasons stated in posts below.

Too many Americans despise capitalism, support an ever-growning government, and want to increase taxes on companies and everyone who makes more than they do.

Also, ammo purchasers are fickle and will significantly reduce their purchases as soon as their fear level goes own.

There are too many government employees/retired government employees in the United States. It was never supposed to be this way.


Good news


Surely someone out there sees an opportunity in primer manufacturing and is tooling-up?


It’s a huge investment. There are a lot of safety issues – OSHA would be heavily involved. There are a lot of EPA issues. Unions are a risk. Corporate taxes are going up. Personal taxes are going up. It takes a lot of people with expertise in numerous different skill sets who would be hesitant to work for a start-up company due to the risks. A large number of people who see themeselves as firearm rights activists would be bitching on Ammoland that the direct labor people should make $40 an hour, have outstanding benefits, and the primers should sell… Read more »

Last edited 1 year ago by JSNMGC

100% correct. No one understands that the primer is the cheapest part of the ammo, but also one of the hardest and most dangerous to make. HUGE investment that outside of years like these – would not be profitable unless you load a LOT of ammo yourself.


If someone wants to start-up a new primer company, they could hire Dogma Factor and put him in charge of pricing.

Unfortunately, the company would go bust and everyone would lose their jobs/capital.

Lead Styfanate is not for the timid.

Higher taxes stifle investment.

An ever-growing government stifles investment.

Unions stifle investment.

Ammo buyers are a fickle crowd. As soon as their fear goes down, their purchases will plummet.

Last edited 1 year ago by JSNMGC

We can only hope that China takes up the reins / sarc. At least I’ll be able to get 7.62×39 again !!!


I think most manufacturers are using azides these days, not styphnates.


Probably China, since Russian guns and ammo have be banned from import and I don’t think China Joe will ban his cash cow !!


$30 c a box for 115 gr 9mm? I think not!


Sorry. $30.00 + a box

WI Patriot

While prices may be way out of line, consider this, what will you say when there is none to be had…???


Some of the highest prices in the business. No Thanks!!!