Sig Sauer closes its doors in Germany
Recently, management of the German branch of Sig Sauer announced its production facility in Eckernförde would be closing down. With the Covid-outbreak being the straw that broke the camel's back - in this case that of Sig Sauer GmbH & Co. KG - the ever-tightening gun laws in Europe have already had a huge negative impact on the German company.
As US branch Sig Sauer inc. as well as hunting rifle manufacturer J.P. Sauer & Sohn GmbH are different entities, both healthy and thriving, they will not be impacted by the closure of their sister company. It is thought that 130 people will lose their jobs.
Sig Sauer issued the following statement:
“L & O Holding group has announced that it is closing its Sig Sauer, GmbH (Germany) division in Eckernförde, Germany. L&O Holding owns and operates numerous business units in the defence and hunting market including Sig Sauer, GmbH (Germany), Sig Sauer, Inc. (U.S.A.), and German Sports Group, GmbH (GSG), among others.
Sig Sauer, Inc. operations in the U.S. will continue business as usual. The U.S. based division, headquartered in Newington, New Hampshire, has over 2,300 employees throughout nine facilities in New Hampshire, Arkansas and Oregon where the company designs and manufactures firearms, ammunition, optics, suppressors and air guns. Further, in New Hampshire, the company operates one of the most advanced training facilities in the world, Sig Sauer Academy.
Sig Sauer, Inc. markets and distributes its U.S. made products in 88 countries. The Sig Sauer, Inc. International Sales Team, based in Europe, will expand its responsibilities to include the German market. German Sports Group (GSG), the current commercial distributor in Germany for Sig Sauer, Inc. optics, ammunition and air guns will expand its role to include commercial firearm sales in Germany.”