The most interesting part of this one is the fact that the XM8s will probably initially only be assembled in the US out of parts built in Germany.
Though H&K is constructing a 102,000-square-foot plant in Muscogee Technology Park, Simon said the XM8 won’t necessarily be manufactured in Columbus from the start. Instead, it appears, the weapon’s parts would be made in Germany, shipped to Columbus for assembly, then distributed to the military from a center being relocated here from Virginia.
The number of jobs locally — originally pegged at about 200 — also won’t be created quite as fast as originally anticipated.
“I think the initial start will probably result in about 50 positions, and then we grow that as we grow the business,” said Simon, downplaying expectations until the Department of Defense awards a major contract.
In other words, “Not many jobs until you show us the money.” That’s fair enough, I guess.