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May 17, 2017 Posted by Jerry House in

Lewis Machine and Tool Company Plans to Open a Plant in Eldridge, Iowa

Milan, Illinois-based firearms manufacturer Lewis Machine and Tool Company is moving across the river to Eldridge, Iowa.


"We need a bigger space," said company president Karl Lewis.

The company has certainly grown from the one-man operation that Lewis started back in 1980.

"In 1980, there was one. Now, there’s approximately 170 people," said Lewis.

Today, workers staff the facility 24/7, making products like rifles and grenade launchers. Lewis said the company is currently finishing up a large contract for the New Zealand government, supplying all of the weapons for the country’s navy, army, and air force.

The new location will allow for more growth, and also include a 100-meter shooting range on site.

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