Les Baer left the Illinois side of the river and settled in Iowa about five years ago.
Today, gun maker Lewis Machine and Tool announced its departure from the Prairie State, taking 170 good-paying jobs with them. In fact, the owner, Karl Lewis, said he was very eager to make the move.
How soon? “The sooner the better.” Ouch.
Their destination: Davenport, Iowa.
“Why?” you ask.
Gee, could it be Illinois’ less than gun-friendly legislature, constantly working against gun owners’ interests? Could it be we missed the implementation of a semi-auto gun ban by just a few votes this spring?
We say congratulations to LMT. Why pay taxes to a state government that hates you?
DAVENPORT (Quad Cities Online) — A longtime Milan-based gun manufacturer announced plans Thursday to move his 170-employee operation to Davenport.
During a city enterprise zone commission meeting, Karl Lewis, owner of Lewis Machine and Tool Co., said he plans to build a 60,000-square-foot building on Kimmel Drive. The board unanimously approved Mr. Lewis’ plans.
If those plans come to fruition, Lewis Machine and Tool will be the second gun manufacturer to move across the river in the past five years. In 2008, Les Baer Customs moved its operations and two dozen workers to a new 18,000-square-foot building.
“I would hope, if everything lines up as it should, that sometime in 2014 we’ll make the formal move,” Mr. Lewis said. “The sooner, the better.”
What does LMT make?
They make things that cause some Illinois politicians to lose bladder and bowel control.