Smith & Wesson Corp. produces 6 millionth handcuff in Houlton

Posted March 18, 2009, at 9:46 p.m.

HOULTON, Maine — Smith & Wesson Corp. has manufactured its 6 millionth pair of handcuffs at its facility here. The 157-year-old firearms maker has been making handcuff restraints in Houlton for 30 years, according to a company press release.

Smith & Wesson produces more than 44 different types of restraints, including handcuffs, restraint chains and leg irons used by law enforcement agencies, security divisions and military organizations around the world.

“Since first opening its doors in 1966, our Houlton facility has grown from a staff of 18 to 150 employees,” said Terry Wade, Houlton plant manager, in a press release. “Along with producing the company’s diverse line of restraints, the facility is also responsible for producing all Smith & Wesson semi-automatic rimfire pistols, the Walther PPK and PPK/S, along with Smith & Wesson’s 3rd Generation and SW1911 Series pistols. Our recent milestone in handcuff production is due largely in part to the dedicated and talented team put in place here at Houlton.”

Two recent Smith & Wesson innovations include colored handcuffs and the M&P Lever-Lock handcuff, which requires no key to activate the double-lock feature.

“[The 6 millionth pair of handcuffs] is a significant benchmark for us,” said Tom Kelly, vice president of marketing, in a press release. “The staff at our Houlton, Maine, facility takes great pride in making high quality, reliable products that meet the demands of today’s professional law enforcement and security officers.”

For more information on Smith & Wesson handcuffs, or to enroll in a handcuff-training course at Smith & Wesson Academy, visit www.smith-wesson.com or call 800-331-0852.

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