Yankee Hill will move to Easthampton

  • Florence firearms manufacturer Yankee Hill Machine plans to move its operations from its current location in the Baystate neighborhood to 412 Main St. in Easthampton. CHRIS LINDAHL

  • Florence firearms manufacturer Yankee Hill Machine plans to move its operations from its current location in the Baystate neighborhood to 412 Main St. in Easthampton. CHRIS LINDAHL

  • Florence firearms manufacturer Yankee Hill Machine plans to move its operations from its current location in Florence neighborhood to this building at 412 Main St. in Easthampton. CHRIS LINDAHL

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Published: 3/18/2016 3:16:33 AM

EASTHAMPTON –  Firearms manufacturer Yankee Hill Machine is set to move from Northampton to Easthampton later this year.

The Planning Board on Tuesday unanimously approved the firm’s application to move to the 412 Main St. building that formerly housed Argotec Stevens LLC. 

Yankee Hill co-owner Kevin Graham said Thursday its entire operation will be moved to the new site, which is near the Southampton town line, by the end of this year after interior remodeling is complete.

The building is set to house a retail showroom, offices and manufacturing plant, where Yankee Hill makes guns and accessories. The company does not expect to make any major exterior modifications to the structure, according to the special permit.

An indoor shooting range for testing products will also be part of the facility, but it will not be open for public use.

Graham, who owns the business with his brother, Chris Graham, said that the move to Easthampton is about efficiency – Yankee Hill currently operates out of two buildings in the Bay State section of Northampton. Having all operations under one roof will hopefully increase profitability, he said.

Sales have grown “tremendously” over the last decade, Graham added.

“We basically just needed the extra space,” he said. “Our current facility is an old mill building built in the 1860s. It’s just not very manufacturing-friendly.”

Yankee Hill was founded in 1951 in Haydenville by the Grahams’ grandfather. It moved to its current quarters in the 1960s and currently employs 65 people, according to Graham.

He said work at the Easthampton site will begin after the sale closes in April.

Chris Lindahl can be reached at clindahl@gazettenet.com.

 

 




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