Kimber Closing New York Headquarters, Expanding in Alabama

Kimber is happy to call Troy, Alabama home. (Photo: Kimber)

Kimber Manufacturing is moving its headquarters from New York to Alabama. Their soon-to-be former headquarters in Yonkers will move to Troy, Alabama.

A major reason for the move is to relocate to a more gun-friendly state. Alabama has a stronger gun culture and New York is famously anti-gun, lead by Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D), who is a prominent gun-control activist.

“After a carefully planned shift of leadership, R&D and manufacturing resources, Kimber has made substantial progress in the transition to its new, state-of-the-art headquarters in Troy, Alabama,” said the announcement. “The final step in completing this new facility is adding staff across all departments.”

Kimber says their new facility covers more than 80 acres with over 225,000 square feet of manufacturing space. The company also chose the location because it’s near distinguished engineering schools and has a lot of close-by industry support. Alabama’s much friendlier gun and business cultures are also big reasons to pick Troy.

“Kimber is a great place to work, especially if you love firearms,” said Pedi Gega, director of assembly and product finishing. “We have two indoor gun ranges, one outdoor range, a state-of-the-art design and prototype fabrication center, and a dynamic team of professionals who pride themselves in producing firearms with unmatched attention to detail, design and performance.”

See Also: Kimber Halts Production in New York Facilities

“Every Kimber firearm is created with a unique blend of advanced precision technology and authentic human craftsmanship,” added Gega.

Kimber has already hired several hundred people to staff the new facilities but is still looking to hire more. They are looking to add even more “qualified applicants across multiple positions and business areas including CNC technicians, machinists, quality control specialists, lean technicians, design engineers, compliance analysts, customer service representatives, materials planners, maintenance technicians, finishing operators, and assembly technicians.”

Kimber’s had production going in Troy since early this year, but was forced to shutter its main office in New York after the governor declared the company “non-essential” as part of the state’s COVID-19 emergency plan. The Alabama facilities were opened for operation seven days a week.

Anyone interested to learn more about Kimber, whether it’s for more information about their products, or to apply for a job, should check out Kimber online.

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About the author: Max Slowik is a writer with over a dozen years of experience and is a lifelong shooter. He has unwavering support for the Second Amendment and the human right to self-defense. Like Thomas Paine, he’s a journalist by profession and a propagandist by inclination.

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  • Fern March 2, 2021, 8:39 am

    I have 4 Kimber and like them all. Hate to see Kimber leave, It is a great product.

  • Dano November 7, 2020, 11:58 am

    Good for them.

    Now maybe them Bama boys can get the QC in line.

  • Ed November 7, 2020, 12:54 am

    Many gun companies work out of, and pay taxes to, states that vote every four years to put them out of business. Finally, one got smart.

    • Bobo November 9, 2020, 10:15 pm

      Kimber wasn’t the first to make a move for these reasons, doubt they’ll be the last….Though having said that, since the outcome of the election is unlikely to change (even with court challenges) it may be a moot point anyway…..

  • KMacK November 6, 2020, 4:36 pm

    Good idea. Kimber probably pays a decent amount of taxes in New York and gets treated as a pariah as a result. It will be sad that New York workers lose their jobs, but that’s what comes of living in an anti0gun state while working for a firearms manufacturer.
    New York’s loss is Alabama’s gain… seems about right.

  • Beachhawk November 6, 2020, 2:19 pm

    All gun manufacturers should pull out of all the northeast states where they are not welcome and heavily taxed and regulated.. Remington screwed around until it was too late and now they company is bankrupt and being sold off in pieces. Gun makers are all struggling and they would all be better off anywhere south of Virginia.

  • FirstStateMark November 6, 2020, 1:29 pm

    Serves NY right. Hope they lose more then tax revenue. More manufacturing needs to do the same.

  • John Boutwell November 6, 2020, 1:07 pm

    Good for Kimber, I own 3 of them.

  • Trevor Phillips November 6, 2020, 12:06 pm

    As a resident of Alabama I’m glad to hear this. More jobs for this great state. But I wouldn’t carry a Kimber if you gave me one all they are is overpriced junk.

    • Winston November 6, 2020, 3:05 pm

      You are a resident of AL? Yeah, right…

      • Trevor_Phillips October 5, 2021, 6:04 am

        You must be psychic.

    • Big Al 45 November 7, 2020, 12:21 pm

      Ever owned a Kimber? if NOT then you are talking out your nether regions.
      I have a Kimber 1911, it works and shoots flawlessly, so from my perspective, you don’t know what you’re talking about.
      So, tell us YOUR own tale of Kimber woes, NOT some silly anecdotal story one of your buddies told you.
      That’s fair, isn’t it?

  • Michael November 6, 2020, 10:38 am

    Here’s to hoping NY Governor loses millions in tax revenue and has to pay millions more in unemployment benefits. By the way, how’s Remingtons Bankruptcy helping your tax revenues? Sorry Remington.

  • Todd November 6, 2020, 10:29 am

    Wonderful news.

    Now, how do I get my much-loved Pro Aegis II “re-built” in Alabama to have the Wankers, NY officially removed?


    • H.338 November 7, 2020, 11:39 am

      I’d keep it that way it’ll be a piece of history. I have a SS one and like it very much.

  • Mel November 6, 2020, 9:52 am

    In addition to the positive points made in your article consider these:
    1) favourable legal environment in Alabama for firearm development and test.
    2) favourable rates and skilled workforce available
    3) favourable tax structure for manufacturing
    4) favourable warehousing and distribution to market. All weather distribution. Improvement over north east local.
    5) site specific developed facility, capitalised assets

    Essentially, building on a good product and making it better.

    • Trevor Phillips November 6, 2020, 12:07 pm

      Good product πŸ˜†πŸ˜†πŸ˜†πŸ˜†

  • Gary Strange November 6, 2020, 9:38 am

    Be proud to have the Kimber plant in a place with a gun friendly values

  • DAVID INGRAM November 6, 2020, 9:30 am

    I don’t blame them for leaving NY. I’m surprised any company stays there. Are they also also dumping their skilled workers for cheaper wages and no unions in the south? A popular trend but you get what you pay for.

    • Jerrme Bailey November 6, 2020, 12:08 pm

      You obviously have no idea what you’re talking about.

  • DAVID MILLER November 6, 2020, 9:27 am

    Will not ever buy a kimber with Yonkers N.Y. on it

  • John David Welch November 6, 2020, 9:08 am

    About time Kimber . I own 2 Kimbers and personally I think they are the finest 1911’s made . I do hope you have left all your liberal employees in NY , we do not want them in the south !

  • Aaron November 6, 2020, 9:03 am

    It’s about time!

  • Slowira November 6, 2020, 6:40 am

    Yes, please bring all the firearm and ammunition manufacturers to the south please.

  • Yo Man November 6, 2020, 6:16 am

    πŸ₯³ yea all you up north gun companies are more than welcome in sweet home Alabama πŸ™πŸ» for this country and its direction the sons of light will prevail

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