C & H Precision Weapons has announced it will move its operations from Florida to Richmond Hill this fall.
The company, currently located in Labelle, Fla., manufactures hand-built precision rifles and does customized pistol modifications.
“We were looking at locations in Georgia and Tennessee for a variety of reasons, including being closer to family,” owner Buck Holly said. “When we looked at all the factors, including the business atmosphere and the school system, Richmond Hill came out on top.”
Holly said the relocation from Florida will bring four jobs, and he anticipates adding six to 10 more employees in the next 18 months. He said he expects making about a $500,000 investment at the new location, 459 Edsel Drive, which will include capital, inventory and eventually a retail component. Additional jobs will include machinists, gun smiths and retail positions.
“We welcome C & H Precision Weapons to Bryan County and look forward to continuing to work with them as they grow their business,” said Derrick Smith, chairman of the Development Authority of Bryan County. “We are extremely pleased the leadership from C & H Precision Weapons chose to locate their family and their business in Richmond Hill. We’ve long known Richmond Hill is a desirable place to raise a family, and the company’s selection of the community validates that Bryan County is truly a place where industry also feels at home.”
Holly, a former Marine, said the company also makes the Mil-Spec USMC 40 series rifle, the standard-issue bolt-action rifle used by Marine snipers for five decades.
C & H specializes in working with customers who have unique requirements for their particular application, including tactical teams, competitive shooting and long-range hunters.
Holly noted that C & H serves a similar demographic as another Bryan County weapons company — Daniel Defense — but that the two serve a different clientele.
“I’m friends with Marty and the folks at Daniel Defense, but the only similarity is that we are both weapons manufacturers,” Holly said. “They make high-end semi-automatic rifles and parts and we make high-end precision bolt-action rifles.”
More information about C & H, which has been in business for five years, can be found at www.chpws.com.