With new contracts in hand, the Lake City Army Ammunition Plant in Independence is looking to hire about 200 people.
“Lake City’s hiring. We are looking for more than 200 employees immediately,” Whitney Watson, communications manager for Orbital ATK, said at Thursday’s Independence Economic Development Council luncheon.
The company, which operates the plant for the U.S. Army, announced this week that it has signed contracts for $400 million, from 2018 to 2020, with what it calls “premier commercial ammunition suppliers.” It not identify those suppliers.
The company says the agreements center on the 5.6mm and .223-caliber ammunition produced at Lake City.
He said those interested can go to workatlakecity.com. Currently, more than 2,000 people work at Lake City.
ATK has operated Lake City since 2000, making small-arms ammunition for the U.S. military and other NATO countries. The U.S. Army has owned the plant since the World War II era. In 2012, the Army awarded ATK a new contract through 2019 and potentially through 2022.
Watson also said those at the company greatly appreciate the thoughts, prayers and support of those in the community following the fatal explosion in a primer-mixing building at the plant in April. One worker was killed and four injured. Federal investigators ruled the explosion an accident.
The company has been getting production back to normal since then but, Watson said, avoided furloughs.
“Within the next few days, we’ll resume full production,” he said.