Former Windham gun plant gets second life

Posted June 14, 2011, at 5:58 p.m.

WINDHAM, Maine — The Maine gun plant that produced the semiautomatic rifle used by the Beltway snipers is getting a second life under new ownership.

Windham Weaponry is reopening in the former Bushmaster plant in Windham and will begin production in July, employing roughly half of Bushmaster’s 73 former workers.

An investor group that’s reopening the plant is led by Richard Dyke, who founded Bushmaster before selling it to a private equity firm. The Portland Press Herald said Dyke had a noncompete clause that expired in April.

The plant’s former owner announced in December that it was closing the plant but retaining the Bushmaster name. A Bushmaster XM-15 was used by John Allen Muhammad and his teenage accomplice in a three-week spree in 2002 across Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C.