After 40 years, LMT moving from Illinois to gun-friendly Iowa
By Chris Eger
Founded in 1980, LMT is moving from its original home in Illinois to bigger and better digs in nearby Iowa. (Photo: LMT)
Milan, Illinois-based Lewis Machine & Tool Company announced last month that they will be relocating their manufacturing plant and headquarters to Eldridge, Iowa.
While the shift is only about 25 miles south as the crow-flies, LMT president Karl Lewis told local media the atmosphere was more welcoming in the Hawkeye State than in the Land of Lincoln, with a succession of Iowa governors assisting in laying the groundwork for the move.
“For us, Iowa has a better climate,” Lewis said on the occasion of the groundbreaking on their new plant. “The people are more receptive to the needs of business and Eldridge is still part of the Quad-Cities.”
While Illinois has been quick to adopt a number of anti-gun measures recently, Iowa has enacted several pro-gun laws to include suppressor legalization, “stand your ground” protections and hunting expansions. Then-Gov. Terry Branstad commented in 2017 that the package of gun reforms he had recently signed made “Iowa one of the most pro-2nd Amendment states in the country.”
LMT was founded in Milan in 1980 with an eye towards military, law enforcement and government agency