Ohio Ordnance Works, Inc. Announces Plans to Expand in Chardon

Ohio Ordnance Works, a leading manufacturer supplying superior firearms to military customers around the world including the U.S. Department of Defense, announced plans to expand its manufacturing operations Chardon. The Ohio Department of Development (ODOD) approved the project for tax credit assistance during its Ohio Tax Credit Authority meeting today. The project will create 70 new jobs and retain 104 positions.

The company will expand at their campus in Chardon, enabling for growth of its military defense contracts. 

“We take great pleasure in advancing our growth in Chardon, which involves constructing a new 35,000 SF building equipped with state-of-the-art manufacturing technology and smart building features. Chardon, Geauga County, and the State of Ohio have played a pivotal role in the next chapter of our manufacturing operations in Ohio. They have provided valuable incentives and support, actively fueling our mission to ‘Engineer the Future,’ develop our employees, and deliver the best products in our industry. We express our heartfelt gratitude to these government partners and their strong support, which will actively contribute to job growth in Ohio,” stated Robert W. Landies III, President of Ohio Ordnance Works, Inc.

Local, regional, and state economic development partners – including the City of Chardon, Geauga Growth Partnership, ODOD, JobsOhio and Team NEO – worked collaboratively with Ordnance Works, Inc. leadership to ensure the company remained and will grow in the Northeast Ohio Region.


“The decision by Ohio Ordnance to expand at the Chardon location underscores the importance of manufacturing and innovation in Geauga County, the region, and State of Ohio,” said Kimm Leininger, Ohio CED, President & CEO, Geauga Growth Partnership. “The approval of tax credit assistance further reflects the state’s recognition of the significance of this project. Geauga Growth Partnership looks forward to supporting their success as they continue to expand and create new employment opportunities in Chardon.”

“The City of Chardon is excited to have one of our homegrown businesses expand. This major expansion to Ohio Ordnance Works will bring new investment and job growth to the City,” said Kyle Martin, Chairman, City of Chardon Economic Development Committee. “Ohio Ordnance Works expansion will bring additional high-skill, high-wage jobs to the City of Chardon and Geauga County, as it has for the past forty years.”

“Along with our JobsOhio, ODOD and our local partners, we are pleased to support Ohio Ordnance growth plans, meaning new jobs and additional revenue for the region and state,” added Team NEO Chief Executive Officer Bill Koehler. “With our legacy in manufacturing and innovation, and our dedicated talent pool, we are confident they will continue to grow and thrive in Northeast Ohio.”

About Ohio Ordnance Works, Inc.

An ISO9001:2015 certified company, OOW has a work force of 100+ employees who work within the company’s extensive design, manufacturing, assembly and engineering 70,000 square foot facilities located on 15+ acres in Chardon, Ohio. A technology company with full scale development from the ground up, Ohio Ordnance Works, Inc. is your full-service resource for all facets of the firearms industry. Our company is fully licensed to accommodate all aspects of firearms manufacturing, sales, and distribution of any ordnance commodity both domestic and overseas.

About Team NEO

Team NEO is a private, nonprofit economic development organization accelerating business growth and job creation throughout the 18 counties of the Northeast Ohio Region. As the designated JobsOhio Network Partner, we align and amplify local economic development efforts in the region’s 18-counties; we conduct research and data analysis to inform local conversations and influence solutions; we market the Northeast Ohio Region; and we work to increase access to jobs, education and training for the region’s 4.3 million people. We do this to build a more vibrant regional economy; one that is more talented, equitable, competitive, innovative, resilient, and prosperous. For more information, visit chrisr359.sg-host.com.

About JobsOhio

JobsOhio is a private nonprofit economic development corporation designed to drive job creation and new capital investment in Ohio through business attraction, retention and expansion. The organization also works to seed talent production in its targeted industries and to attract talent to Ohio through Find Your Ohio. JobsOhio works with six regional partners across Ohio: Dayton Development Coalition, Ohio Southeast Economic Development, One Columbus, REDI Cincinnati, Regional Growth Partnership and Team NEO. Learn more at www.jobsohio.com. Follow us on LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook.