In a period when small businesses are struggling to survive, let alone get started, a rifle designer and manufacturer in Canandaigua barely two years going is expanding its product line — all from American, many locally-made parts — and drawing attention from elected officials.

Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb, R-Canandaigua and Canandaigua Mayor Ellen Polimeni plan a visit this month to Just Right Carbines LLC, where eight employees work in the design, assembly, testing, packaging and shipping of carbine rifles for civilian use, competitive shooting and law enforcement.

As the manufacturing industry shrinks nationwide and other parts of the country try to lure such jobs away from New York, Kolb is urging Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Regional Economic Development Councils to make retention of firearm companies a priority.

“More than ever, we have to fight to keep these jobs as states such as Idaho, Alabama and Montana are aggressively trying to lure away New York’s firearm industries,” said Kolb. “Losing these private sector jobs would be a devastating hit to our already fragile economy.”

The list of suppliers for Just Right is long. The common thread: All 43 are U.S. manufacturers, with more than half, 29, from New York. They include an impressive sampling of recognizable names in the Finger Lakes region: Hunter Machine Inc. in Victor; Townline Machine Inc. in Clifton Springs; and American Metering and Machine, Inc. in Marion, Wayne County.

Source: Julie Sherwood for the Messenger Post.

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