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Columbus-based APEX Ammunition announces expansion

By: Frank Corder - July 18, 2023

(Photo from APEX Ammunition website)

The President and CEO of APEX Ammunition said the state of Mississippi has made a concerted effort to support their $4.45 million expansion that will generate 64 jobs in the Golden Triangle.

APEX Ammunition LLC, based out of Columbus, Mississippi, has announced that it is expanding into a new manufacturing plant.

The $4.45 million building rehabilitation project will allow the shotgun ammunition manufacturer to create 64 jobs in the larger facility.

The Veteran owned and operated company launched as APEX Ammunition in 2017. Founders Jared Lewis, Nick Charney, and Jason Lonsberry are committed to creating the best hunting experience possible for a passionate and growing base of customers. 

“What started with a few handmade shells for a hunting trip with buddies has become our obsession to provide waterfowl hunters with the absolute best performing ammunition in the business,” the company proudly proclaims on their website.

In a statement announcing the project released by the Mississippi Development Authority on Tuesday, Lonsberry, the company’s President and CEO, said the state of Mississippi has made a concerted effort to support their expansion and growth trajectory.

“This great partnership has led us to plant permanent roots in Mississippi, and we couldn’t be more excited about that,” Lonsberry said. “The new manufacturing facility gives us room to significantly increase production to meet the surging demand for our ammunition, and we will be adding numerous jobs to achieve this.” 

The Mississippi Development Authority is providing assistance for the building improvement. MDA also is providing assistance through the Mississippi Flexible Tax Incentive, or MFLEX. Lowndes County and the city of Columbus are assisting with the project, as well.

Governor Tate Reeves celebrated the announcement, saying in the MDA statement that Mississippi “is incredibly proud of our firearms and ammunition industry.”

“APEX is yet another example of a homegrown company attaining lasting success in our state. I’m thankful to the entire APEX team for choosing to grow its operations at home and create 64 fantastic new jobs in Lowndes County,” Governor Reeves said. “When it comes to economic growth, Mississippi is hitting the target!”

APEX Ammunition plans on filling positions at the facility over the next few years.

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Frank Corder

Frank Corder is a native of Pascagoula. For nearly two decades, he has reported and offered analysis on government, public policy, business and matters of faith. Frank’s interviews, articles, and columns have been shared throughout Mississippi as well as in national publications. He is a frequent guest on radio and television, providing insight and commentary on the inner workings of the Magnolia State. Frank has served his community in both elected and appointed public office, hosted his own local radio and television programs, and managed private businesses all while being an engaged husband and father. Email Frank: