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Hodgdon Announces Closure of GOEX Facility

Effective immediately, Hodgdon Powder Company, Inc. has made the decision to cease manufacturing operations at the company's Camp Minden, Louisiana site while evaluating strategic options for the black powder business.

The business will wind down operations while an evaluation process on the future of the black powder business takes place. Strategic options for the GOEX and Olde Eynsford brands of black powder, along with the manufacturing capabilities, will include a potential sale of the business. All affected employees will be retained through December 31, 2021 to assist in an orderly closing of the site and receive severance commensurate with their years of service to the company.

The Hodgdon Powder Co., Inc has been honored to have been a part of the GOEX Powder legacy and sustains a fond appreciation for sporting customers who have enjoyed shooting GOEX powders.
 

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I suspect there have been too many explosions at the plant as there has been 5 or 6 in the last 20 years with the most recent in June of this year.
 

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Sounds like that could be a real exciting place to work.....:rolleyes:
 

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I remember reading a reloading article about primers and how they use to be stored in a reloading plant bulk in a pail. There was a gofer that had a funny gait and kind of bounced when he walked. One day he was carrying a pail full of primers to another section of the plant and boom. He essentially disappeared.

I suspect there was something in the process at the Goex Plant that required a retrofit for safety and Hodgdon determined the ROI for the project didn't work.
 

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My grandfather worked several years as a guard at the Radford Army Ammunition Plant, 50 or so miles down the road. There were a few explosions while he was there. Each building had a berm around it to contain a blast, and block a blast from a neighboring building. It's been operating since the Forties, and best I know it's always run by the same company, Hercules Powder. I think it mostly makes big rounds like for tanks and artillery.
 

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I used to work at a waste to energy plant that had two operating methods. The first was dump the trash on the floor, push it into a pit and then with a crane feed it into the boilers (2) and burn it. The second shredded the trash and made a fuel which was transported to another plant nearby for incineration. The shredding operation used to have dust buildup and it would blow. We had blowout panels on the building that helped mitigate the damage. We eventually closed that operation down as it was inefficient compared to just burning the trash (called a mass burn operation). That was a bad day as I was one of the people that had to sit with each employee we were laying off and explain what they were getting going forward. I forget the details of the package but they were paid the difference between unemployment and their 40 hour pay rate for a fairly long period of time. It surprised me many were happy they could get the summer off and get paid.
 

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I guess I was lucky . My birthday was in August and got 1 lb bottles [ various - CFE , DIFFERENT PISTOL AND rifle ] of course it was what nephews and nieces use . I will stock up on them all .
 
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