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Kimber nears ‘phase 2’

After a year of construction, Kimber is nearly ready to move in to the new portion of the facility and begin “phase 2” of the company’s plans to employ more than 360 people in the next three years.

“It’s very exciting,” said Scott Moore, Kimber Manufacturing vice president of operations. “I brought roughly 40 hourly employees into the phase 2 building the other day and gave them an orientation of what would be manufactured and where the raw materials would be coming in and going out. We’re excited to expand our operation.”

The manufacturer has been gradually scaling up production out of 50,000 square-foot spec building over recent months while the larger 175,000 square-foot facility was constructed to allow for full production.

The manufacturing plant is already assembling about half of all guns here in Troy and Moore said the facility should be assembling all guns by the end of September.

Moore said the expansion of production is part of a three-year plan to transition to a full level of operation.

The city and state offered Kimber over $24 million in incentives to locate in Troy, which Mayor Jason Reeves said is one of the biggest projects the city has undertaken.

In return, Kimber has promised to create at least 366 jobs and invest over $38 million into the local economy over the course of five years.