General Ballistics, a California-based ammunition manufacturer founded by Vance Massih, will expand into the Texas market in a deal crafted by the East Montgomery County Improvement District (EMCID) that will also benefit local law enforcement. The Board of Directors approved at its April 14 regular meeting to build a 10,000 sq. ft. production facility and qualification range at the East Montgomery County Industrial Park and lease it to General Ballistics.
The company will produce 9 mm, .40-, .45-caliber and 5.56/.223 caliber cartridges. Initially, the company will employ two to three people upon opening in January of 2017.
Massih says he’s very excited to be moving to a state that is business-friendly and welcomes his product. “It’s been a complete breath of fresh air,” he said. “The depth of knowledge that Mr. McCrady and the Board have in knowing what it takes to recruit a business and their hospitality have been excellent.”
Frank McCrady, President and CEO of EMCID, spent about a year talking with local law enforcement agencies about the need for a qualification range in East Montgomery County that they can utilize for training purposes.
“Through our conversations with the agencies, the general consensus was that there’s a potential for cost savings for the agencies in the areas of manpower and fuel, and a reduction in the time officers spend away from work,” said McCrady, President and CEO of EMCID. “In constructing a dual purpose facility which can be used by the company and local law enforcement needs really fits the model for an economic development/community development project.” He added, “This project also provides opportunities for sales, marketing, and relationships with local law enforcement agencies which will be beneficial to both parties.”