Industry News: Powers Joins SIG, Federal Gets Navy Contract, Speer Launches eComm Site

In shooting sports industry news, Jeff Powers has joined SIG SAUER in New Hampshire as its Vice President of Operations & Continuous Improvement.
Industry News: Powers Joins SIG, Federal Gets Navy Contract, Speer Launches eComm Site

Jeff Powers has joined SIG SAUER as Vice President, Operations & Continuous Improvement, with a focus on streamlining manufacturing operations and processes to increase productivity and continuous improvement.

Jeff Powers

“I’m thrilled to join this incredible company, inspired by the passion of the employees, and motivated by the enormous responsibility we have to our customers,” Powers said.

Powers comes from Watts Water Technologies, where he led the LEAN transformation of its flagship facility. Additionally, Powers spent 17 years at Thermo Fisher Scientific where he was a driving force in several major productivity and continuous improvement programs. He is black belt certified in the Six Sigma methods of individual processes, holds a Master’s Degree in Management and Leadership, and is certified in production inventory management and LEAN transformation.

“Jeff has hit the ground running and we are already seeing the positive effects of his leadership,” said Ron Goslin, Chief Operating Officer for SIG SAUER. “His experience and expertise are going to take our assembly and manufacturing operations to the next level as we continue to grow.”

Powers will lead continuous improvement efforts at the SIG SAUER manufacturing headquarters in Newington, New Hampshire, and the machining operations in Dover, New Hampshire.

Federal Lands Navy Contract

Federal Ammunition was recently awarded a significant contract from U.S. Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane Division (NSWC), for MK 318 Mod 0 carbine small rifle cartridges. The 5-year Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contract is valued at $41 million. Federal will begin shipping early in 2019, with cartridges to be utilized by Navy and Marine Corps units.

The MK 318 Mod 0 cartridge, Caliber 5.56mm Ball, Carbine, Barrier is compatible with existing 5.56mm weapons systems and utilizes Federal’s unique barrier defeating projectile. The 62 grain open tip match, lead free projectile is designed to defeat intermediate barriers while providing terminal performance through barriers commonly encountered during warfare, like auto windshields and doors.

“This contract demonstrates the design and production strengths within our business, achieving our goals of meeting customer requirements,” said Federal Ammunition President Jason Vanderbrink. “We are enthused Federal ammunition will continue to serve Navy and Marine Corps units, and their unique needs in combat. Design parameters and development of the projectile, a joint effort between Federal and NSWC, represent the continued innovation, and excellence required to support our units in the field.”

The NSWC cohesively and seamlessly operates the Navy's full spectrum research, development, test and evaluation, engineering, and fleet support centers for offensive and defensive systems associated with surface warfare and related areas of joint, homeland and national defense systems from the sea.

Speer Launches eComm Site for Reloading

With its new eCommerce site — — that launched in November 2018, customers can buy Gold Dot ammunition, component bullets and more direct from Speer.

“This is a place where our customers can buy specialized Speer products, such as 44 Special, 327 Federal Magnum and 32 Auto, that many retailers tend not to carry consistently,” said Jason Nash, Speer Senior Marketing Director. “For fans of Speer and its law enforcement leading Gold Dot technology, there is now another way to find their favorite product.”

Speer’s online shopping cart features free shipping on orders of $50 or more shipped to a single U.S. address (before promotions, discounts and taxes are applied). All orders are shipped UPS Ground. Delivery times vary, but most orders will be shipped within 10 working days. Customers also can shop for apparel in a merchandise section, and leave comments or reviews.


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