By Karen Lehr. CREATED Nov 2, 2013
A product adored by local gun owners will no longer be produced by local workers.
Black Hawk gun holster manufacturer ATK Sporting announced this week they will be letting go 64 employees at their Meridian facility.
“Because they have such a variety of holsters and ways to carry the holsters, we get a lot of requests for Black Hawk,” Boise Gun Company salesman Chris Klein said. “[They] make a holster that’s both for military and law enforcement type use […] very, very popular among sportsman and police alike.”
An employee says the facility near Eagle and Overland will close and operations will move to Puerto Rico. This comes years after ATK Sporting moved previous local operations out of Idaho to Vietnam.
The company said in a statement, “The action was taken in order to better align the organization to effectively meet current business needs and support future strategic initiatives.”
It was sad news for city leaders. Meridian spokeswoman Natalie Podgorksi told On Your Side, “It is always disappointing when we lose jobs – but we will not let it stop us from building a strong job economy in our community.”
ATK Sporting says the decision is a result of careful business consideration and feel it will provide them with the best opportunity to compete in current and future marketplaces.
All impacted employees will receive outplacement services and severance packages. They expect a full transition of operations to be complete in the beginning of next year.