American Tactical Imports to establish Summerville operations

Staff Report
Published Oct. 29, 2013

American Tactical Imports, a global importer of firearms, ammunition and tactical equipment to the United States, plans to open a warehousing and distribution location in Dorchester County.

The Eastport Industrial Park location in Summerville also will be the site for the company’s limited firearm assembly, headquarters, customer service center and sales office.

The $2.7 million investment is expected to generate 117 new jobs. The Rochester, N.Y.-based company will begin moving to Summerville next month.

“Our capable harbor will facilitate their ability to import goods from Europe and Asia, helping grow the resurgence of manufacturing in the U.S.,” Jim Newsome, president and CEO of the S.C. State Ports Authority, said in a statement. “This announcement is a testament to the fact that South Carolina is a great place to do business.”

Factors that influenced the company’s decision included workforce availability, market access and the ability to import products through the Port of Charleston.

“This move to South Carolina will help ensure a solid foundation for our company,” Tony DiChario, president and founder of American Tactical Imports, said in a news release. “The relocation process will be smooth, and we have ensured that the process will not affect customer service, product distribution or any other segment of our business.”

The S.C. Coordinating Council for Economic Development approved job development credits.

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