Am I Next? Safariland lays off 158 employees as it transfers holster production to Florida.

Jacksonville, Florida-based Safariland Group, designer and manufacturer of safety and survivability products designed for the public safety, military, professional and outdoor markets, has announced that they will be transferring the company’s holster production from its long-time facility in Ontario, California to a Jacksonville, Florida facility. Approximately 158 employees will be laid off in the process, but the facility will remain open with approximately 160 employees.

The decision was driven by significant changes in the market place that saw leather-crafted holsters giving way to injection-molded plastic holsters which are waterproof, lightweight, and rot-free. The Safariland Group purchased a controlling interest in Jacksonville-based Rogers Holster Company in 2015 to gain access to the company that pioneered the use of injection-molding in the holster business.

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