Stack-On Products closed both U.S. plants it ran near Chicago on Oct. 12, eliminating more than 150 jobs and moving production to Mexico. The company has manufactured gun safes and home organization systems for more than 40 years and its wares are offered by many big-box and sporting goods retailers. MidOcean Partners and Cannon Safe acquired the company in August 2017.
A spokesman for Alpha Guardian, parent company of Stack-On, told the Chicago Tribune that the move is due to new tariffs imposed on raw materials imported from China. “The operation is really not profitable,” Al Fletcher, the firm’s resources director, told the newspaper.
Alpha Guardian, based in Las Vegas, NV, is the parent company of Gun Vault, Cannon Safe, Cannon Security Products and Stack-On. It was established the same month the latter was purchased and documents filed with the state in May indicate a Stack-On move to Nevada was being considered.
Although Stack-On closed both U.S. plants, it already had established manufacturing facilities in Mexico and China. Sales, marketing and engineering positions with the company will remain in Illinois, but production previously completed in the United States will be moved just across the border of El Paso, TX, to Juarez, Mexico. The company was established in 1972.
At the time of the company’s acquisition last summer, Don Pannier, Stack-On executive vice president said in a press release, “We are excited for this new chapter in Stack-On’s legacy and the opportunity to partner with the Cannon Safe team, a strong business with shared values and passion for delivering best-in-class products to our customers and continuing to drive the expansion of the secure storage sector.”