Firearms maker Sturm, Ruger & Co. has finalized plans for a manufacturing facility in Mayodan, in Rockingham County, where the company expects to hire more than 450 people to design and assemble weapons.
If it meets the hiring goals, Sturm Ruger could receive as much as $9.46 million in state incentives from the Job Development and Investment Grant (JDIG) program.
The company, which plans to invest $26 million in the new plant, expects to fill jobs in production, tool making, engineering and product design by the end of 2017.
Sturm Ruger said in an announcement that the Mayodan plant will measure 220,000 square feet and will be the company's first major expansion in more than a quarter-century. Southport, Conn.-based Sturm, Ruger employs more than 2,000 people and operates plants in New Hampshire and Arizona.