Federal Ammunition is one of the world’s largest ammunition manufacturers and a major sponsor of conservation organizations and youth shooting sports organizations. If you don’t know much about them, here’s an introduction.
Federal began humbly in 1922, when Charles L. Horn took control of a three-year-old fledgling ammunition manufacturer. Knowing he faced fierce competition from Winchester and Remington, he embarked on a novel strategy. Horn worked to get his products—which at the time consisted only of shotshells produced in a 9,000-square-foot factory—onto the shelves of barber shops, gas stations, and grocery stores. He also succeeded in establishing a contract to sell Federal Ammunition through two major department stores; Montgomery Ward & Co., and Sears. The strategy worked and helped the company grow. In 1941, Federal secured a contract worth $87 million from the U.S. government to build and operate the Twin City Ordnance Plant in Arden Hills, Minnesota, which was a critical contributor to military ammunition and other defense products production during World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam conflict.
Today, The Federal Ammunition factory is still at its original location in Anoka, Minnesota, and is fast approaching it’s 100th anniversary. The Federal factory is now a 700,000-square-foot state-of-the-art facility where more than 1,000 employees work in three shifts, 24/7, to produce millions of rounds of centerfire, rimfire and shotshell ammo per day.
The factory is vertically integrated, which means raw materials enter one door and finished product rolls out the other end. Importantly for quality control, the factory is also self-sustaining—all the personnel needed to build quality ammo are on site, including machine operators, plumbers, and electricians. Tons of materials are used to build Federal’s own bullets, pellets, cases, primer parts, primers, shotshell hulls, shotshell heads, and more every day. Shooters like you benefit because Federal has complete, consistent quality control, and their seasoned machine operators have decades of experience.
Over the years, as the company focused on its many outstanding sub-brands—such as Federal Premium, Fusion, American Eagle and many others—and launched numerous specialized products. However, the company strives to never let its’ brands, or its products get stale. In recent years, you might have noticed Federal’s new logo and packaging overhaul. Now, all its ammunition products feature a stronger, bolder design than ever before, highlighted by its iconic Shockwave logo. This new look represents strength, heritage and forward motion—both in the technology of their products and the attitudes of their employees.
Federal’s drive has always been based in the far-larger desire to build something uniquely American. To provide well-paying jobs for employees so they can support their families and contribute to their communities. To build superior products that perform at exceptionally high levels, whether the end user is a member of a high school trap team, an athlete competing at the Olympics, a deer hunter, a police officer, or the weekend plinker at the range having fun with .22 LR rifle. Federal is guided by its abiding belief that hunting and shooting are integral American pursuits that need to be cherished and passed on to new generations.Federal is always looking ahead, driving to be the best. And the products they make help shooters do the same. Learn more at www.federalpremium.com.