Montana Rifleman owner Brian Sipe said his company is running a 10-hour shift seven days a week to keep up with demand. Sipe said if he can fill his machinist positions, the production line will be running day and night, seven days a week. “Right now I could hire at least 15 good CNC machinists,” but they aren’t immediately available, Sipe said.
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Posted: Saturday, November 24, 2012 10:30 pm
Brian Sipe knew things would be busy, but the past year’s growth in production and sales was unexpected for the owner of the Montana Rifleman, a company that manufactures firearms barrels and actions in a building off Montana 35 east of Kalispell.
The company finished last year producing a total of 143,000 rifle and pistol barrels. In August 2011, Sipe figured the company’s could reach a production capacity of 300,000 barrels annually.
Saturday, November 24, 2012 10:30 pm.