Winchester Australia to close manufacturing section of Geelong facility

Winchester Australia, a maker of ammunition, is ceasing manufacturing in Geelong, Victoria.

The company’s general manager, Clive Pugh, said that ammunition assembly operations will cease at the facility in 2019, with production moving to Winchester sites in the US.

“As we shift out of local manufacturing we will increase the import and distribution side of our business, expanding the use of our warehousing facilities in Geelong.

“Ammunition imports have been a substantial part of our business for many years and our customers, particularly the major ones, are well-established users of imported products so we plan a seamless transition to continue fill availability and indeed increase the range,” he said.

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“The decision to cease local manufacture is no reflection on the talents of our manufacturing employees, who have served our customers and the company well.

“This was a difficult business decision that was driven by the need to provide our customers and end users with the best product from the global Winchester operations while reducing costs within the overall Winchester business.

“We will be providing support and full entitlements to all those people who leave the company, although we will also be exploring opportunities for some people to move to new roles,” said Pugh.

Winchester Australia was established at Moolap, Geelong, in 1967.

Throughout it history, it has assembled, imported and distributed a range of shotshell, rimfire and centrefire ammunition.