Department of Defense Invests to Restore Domestic Production of Critical Propellants > US Department of Defense > Press Release

The Department of Defense’s Industrial Base Support (IBS) Office, through the Title III Defense Production Act (DPA) authority, supports a Louisiana facility that produces gunpowder black, a propellant widely used in artillery, firearms, rockets, pyrotechnics and many weapon systems. .

The $3.5 million investment from the Department of Defense (DoD) will allow the facility, owned by Estes Energetics through its subsidiary Goex, to reopen after an accident that halted production. The total cost of the project is $5.3 million over two years, and it will allow production to resume at the Minden, Louisiana plant in two years or less.

This investment will bring a critical Defense Industrial Base asset back to production status and help Goex modernize the facility with the goal of reducing operational risk and improving safety. Goex is currently the only US source of black powder, which also has commercial applications in model rockets, muzzleloading firearms, fireworks, and other industrial processes.

“The DPA Title III Program Office at the Department of Defense continues to fulfill its mission to relocate and restore domestic production of materials essential to our country’s national security needs and strategic interests,” said Halimah Najieb-Locke. , Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Industrial Base Resilience. “We are delighted to have the opportunity to support this US company in its efforts to restart the US supply chain of this important propellant.”

The investment will also allow Goex to hire up to 30 additional workers in Louisiana.

About the Department of Defense DPA Title III Program:

The DPA Title III program for the Department of Defense aims to ensure the timely availability of critical national industrial resources to meet current and future national defense and homeland security requirements. The program works in partnership with uniformed services, other government agencies and industry to identify areas where critical industrial capacity is lagging or non-existent. Once a need is identified, the program engages with U.S. and Canadian companies to mitigate those risks using grants, purchase commitments, loans, or loan guarantees. By executing its mission, the DPA Title III program reduces the country’s dependence on foreign supply chains, ensures the integrity of materials supplied to the American Warfighter, and helps create a resilient, robust and
secure defense industrial base.

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