FN Announces Second South Carolina Facility

The new plant will will allow for expanded manufacturing capabilities.

posted on May 2, 2023
F'n America

FN America, the U.S. subsidiary of FN Herstal, S.A.—a global firearm manufacturer—has announced plans to open a second production facility in Pickens County, SC. The company will invest $33 million to build the plant, which will encompass more than 100,000-square feet. Construction will be conducted in two phases and, when complete, the expansion will add 176 new jobs to the company’s workforce and bolster manufacturing capacity to meet the increasing demand for FN products.

“FN has experienced significant growth over the last several years and demand for our products continues to increase in all market segments that we serve,” said Mark Cherpes, president and CEO for FN America. “Our new facility in Liberty, South Carolina, will allow us to expand our manufacturing capabilities and grow our highly skilled workforce to meet that new demand. We are proud to partner with Pickens County and the state of South Carolina on this expansion.”

For more than 40 years the company’s primary production facility has been located in Richland County, SC, and has produced more than 1 million small arms under contract to the U.S. Department of Defense. The company was originally established in the United States in 1979 and opened its doors in 1981 to produce the M240 medium machine gun, a variant of the FN MAG-58, under contract to the U.S. Army.

Currently, FN America employs more than 600 individuals to produce firearms, accessories and related products for the U.S. military, law enforcement agencies and American consumers. The company has produced the M4A1, M16A4, M249 light machine gun, M240 medium machine gun and FN SCAR under contract for the U.S. military as well as its FN 509 striker-fired pistol line used by U.S. law enforcement agencies including the Los Angeles Police Department.

The company plans to break ground on its second facility in 2024 with an anticipated completion in 2025.


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