Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour paid a visit to Oxford this week to help celebrate the expansion of a local company. Barbour joined officials from Olin Corporation’s Winchester Division for a ribbon-cutting ceremony.
The event took place at Winchester’s new Centerfire Ammunition manufacturing facility. The expansion of the operation is expected to create approximately 1000 new jobs in Oxford by 2016.
“It is great to be in Oxford celebrating the opening of the Winchester Centerfire operations less than a year after Olin officials announced they were bringing 1000 jobs to Mississippi,” Gov. Barbour said. “I appreciate the commitment by Olin and the support provided by the Mississippi Development Authority, Lafayette County and the city of Oxford to bring Winchester Centerfire here.”
Winchester broke ground on the 500,000 square-foot Centerfire site in January 2011 as the company began the process of locating its Centerfire operations in Oxford.
“We are grateful for Gov. Barbour’s leadership and the support from Lafayette County and the city of Oxford,” said Thomas J. O’Keefe, president of Olin Corporation’s Winchester Division. “This state-of-the-art facility will allow us to most effectively serve our customers and become an even bigger part of the Oxford community.”