Ammunition company closing Wis plant

TOWN OF ONALASKA, Wis. (AP) -- A Minnesota ammunition company plans to close its plant in Western Wisconsin, idling 130 workers.

ATK Ammunition says most operations at the plant on Brice Prairie will shut down in the next two months. The announcement comes less than a year after the company added workers at the plant after bringing back a product line from overseas.

The Brice Prairie plant has been operating since the 1960s and manufactures gun cleaning products, scope mounts, targets and replacement gun stocks. ATK, based in Anoka, Minn., also plans to scale back operations at its plant in Fenton, Mo.

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  • by Anon Location: EC on Mar 29, 2012 at 08:31 PM
    Stock 1000 rounds minimum.
  • by Shooter on Mar 29, 2012 at 01:30 PM
    With the drastic increase of ammunition over the past few years it doesn't surprise me at all. If I didn't have the equipment to reload my own ammo I could not afford to target shoot anymore.
  • by Ed Location: north on Mar 29, 2012 at 08:15 AM
    They must be a union shop. Union employees driving up their wages forcing them out.
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      by Anonymous on Mar 29, 2012 at 10:03 AM in reply to Ed
      I don't believe they are Union (I know ATK's Federal Cartridge in Anoka is not Union). Plenty of non-union manufacturing jobs lost too. Nice try though.
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      by Anonymous on Mar 29, 2012 at 10:04 AM in reply to Ed
      Yeah, blame it on the unions, and don't forget to include Jimmy Carter....laughing so hard I can't breathe right now.
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      by Thad on Mar 29, 2012 at 11:38 AM in reply to Ed
      Ed: If they're not a union shop, won't you feel foolish?
  • by terry Location: altoona on Mar 29, 2012 at 07:37 AM
    That's strange, because guns and ammo sales are at a high this year. In part because of the new concealed carry law in WI and the 2012 stigma as people get ready for the worst. It would be interesting to know the whole story behind this closing.
  • by Julie RN on Mar 29, 2012 at 06:41 AM
    Related to the wars winding down? If so, thank God, its about time. Sorry that anyone has to lose a job but this will save some lives somewhere.
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      by Stan on Mar 29, 2012 at 09:47 AM in reply to Julie RN
      I agree.
  • by resident on Mar 29, 2012 at 06:26 AM
    Having performed a search for ATK I found an article thatstates" as it faces heightened competition for its military contracts and lower demands from the Pentagon according to CEO Mark De Young."
  • by Anonymous Location: northern sun on Mar 29, 2012 at 05:46 AM
    you might laugh on the guns now, but after Barry O gets another term, not only will he give more of our missle defense away and laugh it off, but we won't even be able to defend ourselves when he takes our guns, unless you are part of eric holders illeagal operation.
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      by RonE on Mar 29, 2012 at 11:07 AM in reply to
      Yeah, come on all you big strong men, start purchasing more guns and ammo. We may not have jobs, or healthcare, but by God we better have more guns.
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        by Dan on Mar 29, 2012 at 11:38 AM in reply to RonE
        I'd rather have it and not need it than to need it and not have it.
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        by William on Mar 30, 2012 at 04:54 AM in reply to RonE
        Might makes right.
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          by Anonymous on Mar 31, 2012 at 02:41 PM in reply to William
          hmmmmm....not necessarily true.
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      by Tim C on Mar 29, 2012 at 12:47 PM in reply to
      Because he's been so quick to push anti-gun legislation so far? Gimme a break. I swear, the gun toters are probably the dumbest consumers in America, because after Obama got elected, gun sales jumped to record highs, because they were duped into believing that the big evil government was going to take their guns away. Grow up.
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        by Anonymous on Mar 29, 2012 at 03:26 PM in reply to Tim C
        And the manufacturers raise the prices sky high too, knowing full well the fear of the gun toters would pay the price. Duped, big time.
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        by Anonymous on Mar 29, 2012 at 04:05 PM in reply to Tim C
        Actually, it was because he and his vice president keep using the term automatic weapons to describe hunting rifles. Automatic rifles have been illegal since the National Firearms Act passed in 1934.
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        by Anonymous on Mar 29, 2012 at 10:51 PM in reply to Tim C
        Sorry, neither party is taking our guns away. If you are a Republican because of fire arms or abortion you are about as smart as a box of hammers.
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          by Vinny on Mar 30, 2012 at 04:53 AM in reply to Anonymous
          Typical left wing hammer hater.
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          by Anonymous on Mar 31, 2012 at 02:42 PM in reply to Anonymous
          agreed
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          by Anonymous on Mar 31, 2012 at 04:57 PM in reply to Anonymous
          You really shouldn't even bother discussing facts with the mouth breathers.
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        by Dan on Mar 30, 2012 at 10:34 AM in reply to Tim C
        Not this term, it'll be when he can be "more flexible" if he gets re-elected. The only reason he hasn't passed anti gun laws is because it's a losing issue and there wouldn't be enough votes to even make it to his desk. He would love to restrict gun ownership California style but he simply doesn't have the power to do it alone, just look at the few things he actually took the time to vote in favor of in Illinois.
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          by Anonymous on Mar 31, 2012 at 02:43 PM in reply to Dan
          You're so far out in left field you'll be coming around to the right soon,lol!
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      by Anonymous on Mar 29, 2012 at 02:04 PM in reply to
      Get real, our guns will not be taken away!
  • by Anonymous on Mar 29, 2012 at 05:09 AM
    Do we know the reason why? I figured anything gun related would be doing well.
  • by Anonymous on Mar 29, 2012 at 04:59 AM
    Well dang it all to heck.. if Obama would stop taking our guns away we would have more ammunition jobs sticking around.
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      by Scott on Mar 29, 2012 at 07:44 AM in reply to
      Well, you must be a special case because Obama has yet to show up on my door step and take my guns away. It must be such an honor to meet the President.
  • by Anonymous on Mar 29, 2012 at 04:37 AM
    Who has the current tally for Scooter? I think he is still in the negative on job creation
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      by Anonymous on Mar 29, 2012 at 05:43 AM in reply to
      Kind of sad that so many people get off on making comments like this.
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        by Anonymous on Mar 31, 2012 at 02:45 PM in reply to
        Well, it's true. Do you expect them NOT to comment on it? Wlaker has put us next to the bottom in job creation in this country. Other states are climbing and we are still losing jobs at an alarming rate.
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        by Anonymous on Apr 1, 2012 at 08:11 AM in reply to
        Well....that WAS his biggest campaign chant. And you all cheered.
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      by terry on Mar 29, 2012 at 07:33 AM in reply to
      I doubt Walker had anything to do with this. We need to recover from Doyle and give Walker's plan time to work. Remember it took years to recover from Carter. Changing political and economic enviorment isn't like flipping a light switch, it takes time.
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        by Louis on Mar 29, 2012 at 09:45 AM in reply to terry
        Really all you got is to go back to Carter maybe it was Lincoln are you sure you don't mean Welcome Back Carter.....
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          by terry on Mar 29, 2012 at 05:09 PM in reply to Louis
          pay attention. carter was an example I never said he was todays current problem. I went back to doyle, the worste politician in WI history and the reason we are where we are today.
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        by Anonymous on Mar 29, 2012 at 09:59 AM in reply to terry
        Carter???? Seriously? You're digging pretty deep to find a democrat to blame this on don't you think? If that's all you got, going back to the 70's why even bother to take the time to type? Walker has had control of the assembly and the senate since he took office. He owns this, whether it fits your plan or not.
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          by terry on Mar 29, 2012 at 05:03 PM in reply to
          carter was used as an example, not a cause of todays problems. Really it takes years for things to change, the national problem started during Bush's term and the current president is making it worse, It will take a new president and his whole term to show major improvement.
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        by Anonymous on Mar 29, 2012 at 10:08 AM in reply to terry
        Thats the same thing I say about Obama and the eight years we lived under the Bush Administration
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          by terry on Mar 29, 2012 at 05:11 PM in reply to
          It will take years to recover from the damage obama is doing. what Walker is doing for WI the next president will have to do 10fold for the nation. So get ready to see some real belt tightening.
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        by Tim C on Mar 29, 2012 at 12:48 PM in reply to terry
        So, I suppose that goes the same for allowing Obama's policies to take effect after GWB drove our economy off a cliff? BTW, there's quite a lot of debate among economists about whether a governor of a state has any real power to influence a state's economy at all.
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          by Anonymous on Mar 29, 2012 at 03:29 PM in reply to Tim C
          So maybe using that debate he shouldn't have lied and said HE could give Wisconsin 250,000 new jobs in his first term? By the time we get back what we are losing that number will be half a million just to keep his promise. That ain't happenin.
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          by Anonymous on Mar 29, 2012 at 04:07 PM in reply to Tim C
          They've had 3 1/2 years to work. It would be nice if we could give Walker that much time before we start complaining.
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          by terry on Mar 29, 2012 at 05:13 PM in reply to Tim C
          obama stepped into a bad econemy and has done everything he can to make it worse. It's gonna get bad in the near future.
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        by Anonymous on Mar 29, 2012 at 10:57 PM in reply to terry
        And Reagen too. If I remember right there was high unemployment and 15% interest on farm/home loans. Remember Obama inherited everything from Bush Jr. I don't remember any problems with the state with Doyle that every other state had too. The Bush administration caused that too.
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      by Anonymous on Mar 29, 2012 at 07:54 AM in reply to
      Not according to his tv commercials. They say Wisconsin is doing great!
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        by Anonymous on Mar 29, 2012 at 01:19 PM in reply to
        In comparison to what Diamond Jim did, yes, he is doing great.
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        by Anonymous on Mar 29, 2012 at 11:00 PM in reply to
        And Walker's TV commercials are big fat lies twisted to try to make himself look like he is doing such a great job. Lots of big out of state special interest money behind Walker's campaign.
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      by Bob on Mar 29, 2012 at 08:47 AM in reply to
      Scotty where do you put these Numbers ,OH that's right we don't count these.lets try to keep the jobs we have here stay here
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      by Anon on Mar 29, 2012 at 10:55 AM in reply to
      Kind of a drop in the bucket compared to the projected 2800 jobs we lost because a bunch of Senators sat on their hands and refused to budge on creating a legislative bill tailored to the practices of mining iron ore, rather than trying to use a "one size fits all" approach with procedures that would be required during mining of certain materials that require the introduction of dangerous chemicals to free the desired ore.
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        by Anonymous on Mar 29, 2012 at 04:08 PM in reply to Anon
        Geez, don't confuse them with facts!
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      by KW on Mar 29, 2012 at 12:01 PM in reply to
      someone please explain to me how this is Walker's administrations's fault? I've yet to hear a good reason.
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