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Smith & Wesson adding 225 jobs

By D.C. Denison
December 9, 2010

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Gun manufacturer Smith & Wesson said yesterday that it will add 225 manufacturing jobs at its Springfield facility.

The new jobs are a result of a decision to move production of its Thompson/Center guns from Rochester, N.H., to Springfield. The move will “create more efficiencies in the production lines,’’ said Melinda Phelps, a lawyer for Smith & Wesson. There will be some relocation of workers from New Hampshire, but the bulk of the jobs will be new hires, Phelps said.

Smith & Wesson bought Thompson/Center in 2007. That unit’s foundry will remain in New Hampshire, but the production of the guns will move to Springfield.

Hiring for the positions will begin in January. In a statement, Springfield’s chief development officer, John Judge, said, “We have existing programs in the city that can provide the education and skills necessary for future employees of Smith & Wesson.’’