- Associated Press - Tuesday, September 26, 2017

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) - A Rapid City company has landed a $50 million federal contract to provide ammunition to the U.S. military.

The Rapid City Journal reports the U.S. Naval Sea Systems Command announced last week that Black Hills Ammunition is contracted to provide 5.56-millimeter long-range ammunition for U.S. combat forces to use.

While the contract is lucrative for the company, the actual quantity of ammunition purchased will likely be much less, said Jeff Hoffman, one of Black Hills Ammunition’s co-owners.

The ammunition company will absorb production expenses over the contract’s five-year length. The government won’t necessarily purchase as much ammunition as it requires the company to produce.

“As a contractor, we’re obligated to be prepared to deliver that quantity should the government order it,” Hoffman said. “The government is only obligated to order a small fraction of that.”

Hoffman said that although his company may not ultimately reap the full $50 million in the contract, the deal still provides financial stability and a resulting boost to the local economy over the next five years.

“We take good care of our people, and contracts like this allow us to be able to do that,” Hoffman said.

Black Hills Ammunition designs, manufactures and markets ammunition for weapons ranging from sporting firearms to military sniper rifles. It began developing 5.56-millimeter ammunition more than two decades ago, with their first federal contract coming in 1996 to provide for Army sharpshooters participating in inter-service marksmanship competitions.

Hoffman said word spread in the military of his company’s ammunition, eventually leading to federal contracts with all four military branches within three years.

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Information from: Rapid City Journal, https://www.rapidcityjournal.com

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