In May, Liberty Safe began running a new $10 million, fully computerized assembly plant in Payson, UT. The factory will double the company’s output to more than 700 gun storage safes per day.
Steve Allred, Liberty’s senior vice president and chief operating officer, says the automated line has created jobs. “The new facility will add more than 100 new employees at Liberty,” he says. “It shows that America can compete with anybody—and with better products made in the USA.”
The 12-stage line handles the most critical production processes for the safe. “It does all the heavy lifting and time-consuming bending and welding,” says Buddy O’Neal, Liberty’s director of engineering. “It automatically cuts lengths of heavy-gauge steel for the specific model we’re building. Lasers and CNC machines take over to do the notching and cutting of each door and body, while robotic arms hold and weld the joints. The automated powder-coating process finishes each gun safe in preparation for final assembly, producing a new safe every 90 seconds. Detroit couldn’t do it any better.”
That’s music to our ears, and we hope Liberty’s investment provides a lesson to assemblers across the country. Even as U.S. manufacturers lead our economy out of recession, they cannot afford to rest on their laurels. The rest of the world is rapidly catching up.