The facility’s state-of-the art injection-molding equipment was designed to handle the production of Blackhawk’s popular Serpa holster line—including new variations not yet released—and also produces the company’s line of Knoxx rigid and recoil-attenuating rifle stocks. Other equipment in the plant manufactures Outers brand bore-cleaning brushes and mops and other shooting accessories.
“The direct impact Blackhawk has had on the community of Manhattan and surrounding areas is tremendous,” said Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer who took to the stage at the event just prior to the formal ribbon cutting to address the crowd. “The original economic impact calculated for this project exceeded $120 million over a five-year period,” he said.
Acitelli also credited the Prospera Business Network, the Montana Governor’s Office of Economic Development, Gallatin County and the City of Manhattan for providing Blackhawk and its parent company, ATK, with pertinent information about the Manhattan community and surrounding areas during its decision-making phase. He noted that products made at the new facility support the U.S. Military around the world and are used by law enforcement officials and shooting enthusiasts across the country.