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Bushmaster in Windham (Maine) closing, 73 workers affected
WGME-6 ^ | 12/10/10 | Ted Homer

Posted on 12/10/2010 2:29:20 PM PST by maine yankee

The company that owns Bushmaster Firearms in Windham is shutting the facility down, putting more than 70 people out of work.

Freedom Group, Inc. which owns the Bushmaster brand, says it's closing the facility on Roosevelt Trail, effective March 31, 2011

(Excerpt) Read more at wgme.com ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events; US: Maine
KEYWORDS: arms; banglist; bushmaster; maine
The last election seems to have slowed the gun rush.
1 posted on 12/10/2010 2:29:24 PM PST by maine yankee
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To: maine yankee

Aside from the AR marketplace is very over saturated.


2 posted on 12/10/2010 2:34:29 PM PST by omega4179 (Quem deus vult perdere, dementat prius)
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To: maine yankee

Crowded market- everyone and their dog makes AR’s now.


3 posted on 12/10/2010 2:34:34 PM PST by WOBBLY BOB ( "I don't want the majority if we don't stand for something"- Jim Demint)
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To: maine yankee

Wait a while until people realize that Nov 2 change nothing!


4 posted on 12/10/2010 2:35:22 PM PST by broken_arrow1 (I regret that I have but one life to give for my country - Nathan Hale "Patriot")
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To: broken_arrow1
Theres nowhere for business to go but up in Maine. Forbes magazine recently rated the state as the worst in the country for business owners. Number 50!

Maine's government will soon be run by Republicans - Most Tea Party Republicans - first time since the mid 1960s. They'll make a difference lead by newly elected Gov Paul LaPage - that is one no BS Mainer. He is the type of Conservative who makes Liberal heads explode!

5 posted on 12/10/2010 2:41:16 PM PST by warsaw44
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To: maine yankee

The entire gun market is down. The shop next door to where I work may close from lack of business.


6 posted on 12/10/2010 2:42:12 PM PST by fuzzybutt (Democrat Lawyers are the root of all evil.)
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To: omega4179

Yep.
I was helping my brother select his first AR, when we found out that a grade school friend of mine started his own AR manufacturing and sales company. He was a major supplier to three or four license holders, when he decided to get into the business himself.

He’s the only EDM (Electrical Discharge Manufacturing) builder of AR lowers, and they’re much nicer than the standard-milled lowers I see by other manufacturers.

The standard AR is moving well past the point of being just a ‘pattern gun’ and is now a commodity.


7 posted on 12/10/2010 2:42:19 PM PST by SJSAMPLE
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To: maine yankee
Sad to see it happen, but it was probably unavoidable when you consider that everyone and his brother is now making an "AR" based weapon at lower costs... I mean look at it - Bushmaster, DPMS (Panther Arms), and Remington, all owned by the same company, all making an AR. Something like this was going to happen.

Advise to the soon-to-be unemployed Bushmaster employees: Get yourselves some investors and start making the original Bushmaster Bullpup weapon again... (And I don't meanthe later version that used the extruded aluminum receiver - that one wasn't up to the task.)

Regards,
Raven6

8 posted on 12/10/2010 2:45:43 PM PST by Raven6 (The sword is more important than the shield, and skill is more important than either.)
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To: maine yankee; a fool in paradise

Bush’s fault!


9 posted on 12/10/2010 2:48:08 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: Raven6

Great advise Raven. Opportunity knocks when we least expect it. Who will answer the door?


10 posted on 12/10/2010 2:49:04 PM PST by liberty or death
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To: omega4179

Well, let’s get those prices down. If you can’t out sell them out price them.


11 posted on 12/10/2010 2:59:07 PM PST by Recon Dad ( "Don't forget, incoming fire has the right of way")
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To: maine yankee

The article seems to imply that mfg is being relocated elsewhere as opposed to the Bushmaster line being shut down. Too bad but Maine is a horrible place for business. And, probably the libs in Portland are happy than an evil gun mfg has been forced out of the state.

Hopefully the new conservative GOP leadership in Maine will make a difference. Long road ahead though.


12 posted on 12/10/2010 3:00:16 PM PST by NewHampshireDuo
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To: omega4179

True. Seems like everyone is making them now.


13 posted on 12/10/2010 3:04:39 PM PST by GlockThe Vote (Who needs Al Queda to worry about when we have Obama?)
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To: NewHampshireDuo

I get the impression that Bushmaster is moving out of Maine. Shame but Collins and Snowe are RINO scum.


14 posted on 12/10/2010 3:05:54 PM PST by Frantzie
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To: Raven6

I bought my AR the day I realized bama was likely to win. A bushmaster. Never a problem ever. Great weapon.


15 posted on 12/10/2010 3:08:00 PM PST by GlockThe Vote (Who needs Al Queda to worry about when we have Obama?)
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To: Frantzie

I like my bushmaster. Glad I bought one.


16 posted on 12/10/2010 3:09:18 PM PST by GlockThe Vote (Who needs Al Queda to worry about when we have Obama?)
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To: maine yankee

AR bump


17 posted on 12/10/2010 3:12:28 PM PST by ▀udda▀udd (7 days - 7 ways Guero >>> with a floating, shifting, ever changing persona.....)
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To: Revolting cat!
Bush’s fault!

Actually, Obama's fault! His failure to take the lead in pushing unpopular gun-control legislation has not only earned him a 'F' grade from the Brady Bunch but it has cost Americans jobs as well!


18 posted on 12/10/2010 3:18:22 PM PST by Drew68
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To: maine yankee

My BM XM-15 20” A3 HBAR has run without any failures since I bought it 5 yrs ago. This is sad news.


19 posted on 12/10/2010 3:23:31 PM PST by mrmeyer ("When brute force is on the march, compromise is the red carpet." Ayn Rand)
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To: GlockThe Vote

The wife’s house weapon is a sixteen inch Bushmaster upper on a (self assembled) Oly Arms lower. Zero problems with either.

But I do think that the Bushmasters are over priced.


20 posted on 12/10/2010 3:26:22 PM PST by benewton
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To: omega4179

Good! If prices fall, I’ll buy a couple more.


21 posted on 12/10/2010 4:05:14 PM PST by clee1 (We use 43 muscles to frown, 17 to smile, and 2 to pull a trigger. I'm lazy and I'm tired of smiling.)
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To: GlockThe Vote
I had over a dozen guns, until the boat went down in the storm. Not sure if any will ever be found.

This weekend I'm going to a gun show {just to look}, I'd never buy one of those guns at a place that the demonRATs keep saying should be as illegal as a mexican wetback.

22 posted on 12/10/2010 4:20:04 PM PST by USS Alaska
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To: benewton

Paying a little too much for quality is not a issue for firearms if it means quality.


23 posted on 12/10/2010 5:35:13 PM PST by GlockThe Vote (Who needs Al Queda to worry about when we have Obama?)
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To: maine yankee

Now I’m glad I have that extra (still new-in-the-box) one for parts...{:-)


24 posted on 12/11/2010 8:33:13 PM PST by SuperLuminal (Where is another agitator for republicanism like Sam Adams when we need him?)
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To: maine yankee
If you want an example of media bias, read this Bloomberg/AP story about the plant closing.

WARNING: Have the digitalis ready!

Here is the first line of the article:

The Maine gun plant that produced the semiautomatic rifle used by the Beltway snipers will close, putting about 70 people out of work.

Gun maker's plant in Maine to close, 70 lose jobs

25 posted on 12/12/2010 5:55:28 AM PST by Erik Latranyi (Too many conservatives urge retreat when the war of politics doesn't go their way.)
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