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Director, Communications and Partner Relations
Communications Manager, Dark Storm Industries LLC
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Dark Storm Industries will relocate
manufacturing from New York
to Titusville, FL to expand operations
SPACE COAST, Fla. (June 15, 2021) – The Economic Development Commission of Florida’s Space Coast (EDC) today announced Dark Storm Industries LLC will relocate to Titusville, FL and expand its advanced manufacturing facility. Dark Storm is a federally-licensed firearms manufacturer currently located in New York. The project is expected to create 50 new jobs with an average annual salary of $50,000 and a capital investment of approximately $3.2 million. Products manufactured by the company are shipped across the United States.
“The Space Coast’s diversified manufacturing base is a major reason why we weathered the pandemic and continue to build on our strengths,” said Lynda L. Weatherman, EDC President and CEO. “The EDC welcomes Dark Storm and their contributions to our economy, and I want to say how proud I am of the team we were able to put together to attract this growth-oriented company to the Space Coast.”
“The combination of economics and a friendlier political environment made the decision to build our new headquarters and manufacturing plant in Florida an easy one,” said Edward Newman, Dark Storm’s co-owner. “We are excited to join a growing number of gun manufacturers on the Space Coast and look forward to our new facility allowing us to both increase our production capacity as well as develop new and exciting products.”
The facility is expected to create an additional 20 indirect jobs and 17 induced jobs. The combined net new annual wages from all jobs are estimated to be more than $4.4 million with a contribution to GDP greater than $9.6 million, and a 10-year economic impact in excess of $95 million. The selected site is located at 2000 Shepard Drive, Titusville, FL 32780.
“I commend Dark Storm Industries on their wise decision to make Florida their new base of operations,” said Secretary of Commerce Jamal Sowell, President and CEO of Enterprise Florida, Inc. “Thanks to Governor Ron DeSantis and his resolve to ensure our state remains open, we are welcoming new companies to our ever-expanding business landscape. We look forward to the positive impact Dark Storm Industries will have on Florida’s economy.”
“Brevard County and Titusville are open for business and home to a wide range of manufacturers in aerospace, defense and a growing firearms sector,” said Chair of Brevard County Board of County Commissioners, Rita Pritchett (District 1). “Attracting a company like Dark Storm brings good-paying jobs to our community and increases our economic diversity.”
“The City of Titusville is extremely excited to welcome Dark Storm to our city. I am confident they will be proud to call the ‘Gateway to Nature and Space’ their hometown,” said Titusville Mayor Dan Diesel. “I am grateful for all the hard work of the Economic Development Commission of Florida’s Space Coast, the North Brevard Economic Development Zone and our city staff. We look forward to assisting Dark Storm with their relocation and new manufacturing facility. Again, welcome to Titusville!”
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About Dark Storm Industries LLC
Dark Storm Industries is a New York-based firearms manufacturer specializing in modern sporting rifles. Founded in 2013, Dark Storm Industries developed the DS-15 line of rifles to meet the changing regulatory environment in states like New York and California. Dark Storm products are available from leading firearms retailers and distributors nationwide. www.Dark-Storm.com.
About the Economic Development Commission of Florida’s Space Coast
The Economic Development Commission of Florida’s Space Coast (EDC) is dedicated to attracting new business and investment and expanding existing industry throughout the Space Coast, influencing change on government laws and regulations affecting economic development, promoting the Space Coast to encourage new investment, supporting efforts of Space Coast military installations, and relaying new programs and procedures to assist manufacturing and high-tech companies. The EDC is a private, not-for-profit coalition whose stakeholders are business leaders committed to the economic growth and stability of Florida’s Space Coast. Visit www.SpaceCoastEDC.org.