Small-arms importer/assembler plans move
A growing company that imports, assembles and sells Israeli-designed small arms is moving into bigger digs in Dauphin County.
IWI US Inc. plans to relocate in January 2018 from Lower Paxton Township to Lower Swatara Township, where it will occupy a 67,000-square-foot facility, said Casey Flack, the company’s CEO.
The company is paying $4.5 million for the Lower Swatara building, Flack said. To help pay for it, the company secured $2.5 million in low-interest financing from the Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority and facilitated through the Capital Region Economic Development Corp.
The building had been owned by construction company Novinger Group Inc., Flack said. Novinger is moving its operations in the building to one in Harrisburg.
IWI is the U.S. subsidiary of Israel-based Israel Weapon Industries Ltd. The company imports Israeli pistols and rifles but adds U.S. components in order to comply with U.S. import laws, Flack said. The components have been made by subcontractors.
The move will allow the company to bring component manufacturing in-house and expand its product line, Flack said. Its current facility is about 21,000 square feet.
Gun sales took off under the Obama administration as U.S. buyers feared stricter gun-control laws would limit what they could own.
IWI has benefited from selling products with a proven reputation, Flack said. "We exceeded expectations when we first started ... and we have continually grown."
The company employs 34 people and expects to add seven or eight more by the end of 2017, Flack said. He declined to disclose company revenue but said that over the next three years, the workforce could reach between 80 and 100 people.
IWI traces its roots to Israel Military Industries, an arms maker founded in Israel in 1933, according to IWI’s website. The firm’s small-arms division was spun off in 2005 as Israel Weapon Industries. The U.S. subsidiary began operations in 2013.
IWI's product lines include Galil, Tavor and Jericho pistols and riles, as well as an Uzi pistol.