Safariland moving holster production from California to Florida
By Chris Eger
Founded in California in 1964, Safariland is moving its holster production to Florida and cutting its staff at its current factory in Ontario in half. (Photo: Safariland)
The well-known holster maker with California roots is switching production to the Sunshine State. While the company has called Ontario, California home for the past 40 years, they are in the midst of a move to transfer their holster making operation to a factory in Jacksonville, reports The San Bernardino Sun.
While between 150 and 160 employees will continue to work in Ontario, Safariland will lay off 158 of its current workforce there, allowing them to accept positions in Florida or take a severance package. The new facility, formerly Rogers Holsters flagship factory, incorporates injection molding, a technology that Safariland is banking on.
“Technology has changed in the last few years, and injection molding is the way to go,” said Tim O’Brien, Safariland’s president.”We bought a company in Florida that pioneered this process, and we’re simply transferring the work to Florida.”
Founded in Sierra Madre, California in 1964 by Neale Perkins, who called his garage-based operation Safariland, after African safari excursions he and his father enjoyed together, the company’s headquarters today is in Jacksonville with the downsized