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Heckler & Koch celebrates groundbreaking.

Heckler & Koch celebrated the official groundbreaking of its new American factory in Georgia during a ceremony in October. The event was attended by local residents, business leaders and several political figures including Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue, Senator Saxby Chambliss, and Congressmen Sanford D. Bishop Jr. and Phil Gingrey.

Construction on the new HK plant is expected to begin in early 2004. When fully operational, it could provide more than 200 high-skilled manufacturing jobs, according HK officials.

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The facility will be located on a 29-acre site in the Muscogee Technology Park in Columbus, Ga. It will house the company's design, production, and administrative support activities. The 50,000-square-foot facility will produce firearms primarily for the U.S. military and law-enforcement.

"Establishing an American manufacturing base has been our number one priority," said Peter Simon, HK Inc. vice president. "Our Georgia factory represents Heckler & Koch's commitment to the U.S. military and law enforcement communities, to America's war on terrorism and to the creation of skilled manufacturing jobs for Americans."

According to HK, professional training of approximately 200 new employees will begin in 2004. The number of employees at the factory could increase beyond 200 depending on contracts awarded to HK.

Early in October, HK was awarded a contract to supply the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) with the HK USP40 Compact LEM (Law Enforcement Modification) pistol for the Federal Flight Deck Officer Program.

Under the terms of the contract, which includes three one-year options, the maximum value of the base period is $480,038, with a maximum contract value available up to $3.3 million, if all three, one-year options are exercised

Potential military design and development contracts include the U.S. Army's XM8 Assault Rifle and the Special Operations Forces Combat Assault Rifle programs.

Heckler & Koch employs more than 600 people in Germany and the United States. HK also provides training for law-enforcement and military personnel through the HK International Training Division.

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