Holster maker lays off 64 in Meridian

November 5, 2013 

ATK Sporting Group says it will lay off 64 workers at its plant in Meridian.

ATK, based in Arlington, Va., makes Blackhawk! brand holsters at 2200 S. Silverstone Way. The 64 layoffs are in the cut and sew division, which is being eliminated. ATK said the reduction will be complete in early 2014.

An additional 70 Meridian employees working in the distribution and sourcing divisions will keep their positions, the company said in a news release.

ATK Sporting Group makes ammunition, firearms and accessories. ATK on Monday completed its previously announced purchase of Bushnell Group Holdings for $985 million. Bushnell designs, markets and distributes sports accessories such as rifle scopes, binoculars, trail cameras and golf laser rangefinders under names such as Primos, Bolle, Hoppe’s, Uncle Mike’s, Butler Creek and Serengeti.

ATK, which was launched as an independent company in 1990, when Honeywell spun off its defense businesses to shareholders. The company operates in aerospace, defense and commercial markets. ATK also has a bullet- and cartridge-making plant in Lewiston that employs about 1,200 people.

The laid-off workers will receive outplacement services and severance packages, the company said.

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