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The following is a press release from SIG SAUER

NEWINGTON, N.H. (July 10, 2014) — SIG SAUER® has instituted a series of work force adjustments to adapt to ever-changing market conditions and manufacturing efficiencies.

The firearms market has begun to cool from the record highs experienced over the past couple of years. Additional resources, including new employees, were brought on to help meet this spike in demand. Now that sales have began to return to normal, an adjustment in staff numbers is needed to maintain an efficient and cost-effective workflow . . .

Additionally, enhanced productivity and efficiency at the company’s new Newington, New Hampshire, manufacturing facility has made certain positions redundant or no longer needed. In order to maintain quality and control costs, an adjustment in staffing levels is required.

These difficult, but necessary, measures will allow SIG SAUER to continue to deliver innovative, high-quality firearms to its customers. As SIG SAUER continues to grow into new business categories, including ammunition and accessory products, these market-driven decisions will play a significant role.

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About SIG SAUER, Inc.

SIG SAUER, Inc. is the largest member of a worldwide business group of firearms manufacturers that includes SIG SAUER GmbH & Co. KG in Germany and Swiss Arms AG in Switzerland. This global network of companies gives SIG SAUER a world-class firearms knowledge base, unparalleled design expertise, and extensive manufacturing capacity, enabling the company to respond quickly and effectively to changing market conditions and the needs of its military, law enforcement, and commercial markets worldwide. SIG SAUER is an ISO 9001: 2008 certified company with more than 800 employees. For more information on SIG SAUER, any of its products, or the SIG SAUER AcademySM, log on to www.sigsauer.com.

 

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41 Responses to SIG SAUER Announces Layoffs Due to Slack in Firearms Market

  1. Microsoft just laid off 18,000 workers. Am I supposed to cry for them? Business is business. You don’t like it, then go start up a competing company and never fire anyone. See how long that lasts.

    • Think, perhaps, the Obuma economy has something to do with it. 1/2 the population on welfare doesn’t lead to much REAL business activity.

      • obumers economy has a lot to do with it but so does the fact that all sig saur guns are grossly over priced. I had a p220 given to me the double action was horrible, I traded it for a new SR1911 Ruger. Much better gun!!!!!

      • You mean the economy that’s improved exponentially in every measurable metric after the complete and utter disaster that happened the last time we let you conservative clowns take the reigns and the great recession happened?

        Yes, let’s ignore the fact that gun buying is at a low now down from one of the biggest highs in the history of this country and blame the black president lol.

        I stubbed my toe yesterday. Damnit obummer!!!! YOU PUT THAT OTTOMAN IN MY WAY

    • In any manufacturing business there are always ebbs and flows of boom and bust.

      You do the best you can, try to schedule OT and make the most of the employee’s you’ve got, lean the hell out of the process, but sometimes you just can’t support the overhead and you have to lay people off.

    • You know, I just wanted to let you know that I am very glad right now, that I am not like you. Seriously, I have problems of my own and not always feeling great about myself, but you just made me realize that I am thankful for the way I am.

      Your callous disregard is not exactly surprising but pretty much telling of how you must be so great to be near in real life. Those workers are mothers, fathers, sons, daughters, people. People with families of their own and bills to pay. People who might have been walking wounded or at wits end when they GOT the job because of the craziness of the post-Newtown country and firearm world, and it could have been the answer to all their prayers. Now they need to explain to their children, their spouses, their parents, that meals might fewer and far between now, that when school starts in a month, there won’t be new clothes money or bookbags, soccer shoes, or college trips. There won’t be much of a Thanksgiving and Christmas might as well be cancelled now because last time time it took them years to find another decent job, who knows what will happen now.

      Should you cry for them, I guess not. But to just disregard them and basically say how bad your day is now because you spent 30 seconds reading about their losses, I just can’t see how good of a person you must be in life and I wonder exactly if there is anyone out there that actually likes you.

      Or perhaps your own life problems caused you to become so disillusioned to the troubles of the world, and you now have no mercy, no tolerance, no compassion, who knows. As I said, I am not really surprised but I am disgusted.

      • My father is an electrician and gets laid off every winter when work demand dries up, would you send me a long winded BS reply everytime that happens because you don’t understand supply and demand please? that would make my wittle heart feel so much better.

        • To be honest I would normally have sympathy for you, you must not have had really much at all growing up, with a father for an electrician and not only that he gets laid off all the time? I am sure life was pretty hard for you , and not having the things the other kids at school had made you in the bitter person you are.

          Oh and please, you think you could go ahead and explain that supply and demand thing? I don’t understand it at all, my degrees aren’t in business, so please, fire away. I will try to take copious notes. Please, proceed. Thank you.

        • I got to call bullsh*t. Every electrician I know, union and American, has their peak work season in the winter, so you are full of sh*t.

      • I have been out of work for over a year, Alaska unemployment is a joke, it wouldnt even pay my rent. Luckily I had just turned 62 1/2 and was able to get Social Security. But that doesnt pay all of the bills either. I have had to sell my toys and now have nothing left to sell. But a congressman gets $172,000 a year retirement for serving one term, sorry but that is just not right as most of them are already very wealthy. There is no work here in Havasu Arizona. There are 3 or 4 adds for help a month and they get over 2000 applications. Thank You obumer you are a real enemy of our country!!!!!

    • I don’t want the price to drop….they are about the right price as it stands and any cheaper and you will have a crappier product unworthy of the Sig name.

      If anything sales have dropped due to the recent lower quality than the price. The worries of buying a new P226 Combat and it being 50/50 chance of being reliable is not a gamble I, and most people, want to play.

      That said the MPX I would pick up in a heartbeat, if the 716 DMR as at my local store I’d pick that up in a heartbeat. Or if the 516 had a full, longer quad rail.

      • Yup. I would be delighted to buy an MPX-C… if they chamber it in .45 ACP.

        Sig needs revenue, I need something chambered in fuddyfive… come on Sig, we can make this work. 😉

  2. They should have made the 65,000 pistols for the Colombia contract.
    Would have saved the corporation a lot of grief.

  3. They didn’t donate enough to the DNC this year so Obama is slacking-off on his brand of gun salesmanship…but probably not for long.

  4. This happens when everyone who wanted a guy bought one. Arguably the market is saturated, at least for the near future, and this means we’ll probably see a period where excess product is being sold at heavily discounted prices. It also means we’ll probably see some vendors with weak finances go belly-up.

  5. Shooters World in Tampa, FL has had multiple P320’s. I saw 5 or 6 on different dealers tables at the Orlando Gun show a couple of weeks ago.

  6. The firearms business is turning into a seasonal occupation. Every election year it’s a boom, and in the intervening 4 years it’s slack time……. Until the next election, then it repeats.

  7. Until a more firearms friendly POTUS is in office, the industry, and consumers are going to remain one mass shooting, and subsequent proposed Exec. Order, legislation away from another panicked market.

    Maybe instead of laying off these employees, they can make .22 ammo.

  8. Got distracted when I read “new Newington, New Hampshire” and “redundant” in the same sentence.

  9. I personally feel their prices are too high. I would love a P226R but not at the $700 to $800 price tag I’ve seen in most shops.

    My SR9 cost me under $400 and my CZ 75 was around $450. Both are excellent pistols at half the price. Not to mention my used police-trade in glock that was $350.

    There is no question they are great products, just out of my price range.

  10. Price has a lot to do with their problems, especially now that the market is settling down and you can get competitive high quality products at much better prices. I’m planning on a Beretta 92FS over a P226. The marginal difference in accuracy just doesn’t justify the extra $200. Not to mention the extra magazine with the Beretta.

    The other question this raises is whether Mom’s Demand Action is going to claim this as a victory? They don’t hesitate to do so for every other bit of non-news they can spin.

  11. So what happened to this same story that was posted on Tuesday and then quietly got removed and replaced with this official statement?

  12. Perhaps Sig should slash the bloated spending on non-production activities, and layoff upper management. Just a thought. Make a good product, sell it at an affordable cost, make more of it. Rinse, repeat.

  13. I hope they replace the customer service the 1 guy & lady who said she was supervisor are total jerks the last few times I’ve called. Picking up a 2022 .40 in the am. Local store having a going out of business auction, everyone wants the 226 & 229. Older ones never hesitate buying sight unseen. New ones only face to face.

  14. When times were good and they could sell anything and everything they made all upper management thought they were genius, it will take a while longer before they admit the truth and realize trying to make product using the same old methods from 50 years ago is not cost effective or competitive.

  15. How long did it take for them to get the 516 on the shelves after its glowing debut in American Rifleman? So damn long everyone that wanted one bought soemthing else from a competing mfr. Lots of QC issues that turned into warranty issues that their CS reps told everyone that called were lubrication issues. UPS and FEDEX got rich(er) off Sig and their buggy guns.

  16. SIG can kiss my ASS! Double the price of all other manufacturers and sorry not any better. In fact SIG has probably the worst trigger I’ve ever pulled in my life. Lets see, employees 50% discount on firearms and accessories? Think SIG is loosing when the do that? Nope stuff is so over priced working themselves right out of business! Good luck to those laid of but for the company don’t give a rats ass if the close the doors.

  17. If Sig Sauer marketed the Sig P250 better their sales would be better, also prices on most of their pistols are not affordable for most people!

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