Manufacturing profile of New River Valley rifle maker, May 2014

Bill Alexander spent much of his career designing armor in the United Kingdom and taking part in the steadily escalating arms race of the Cold War.

After the dissolution of the Soviet Union, however, Alexander’s focus shifted from tanks to small arms, and in 2001 he started Alexander Arms in Radford with a pilot product that adopted the AR-15 for larger caliber ammunition.

Today, 13 years after opening, Alexander Industries is gearing up for an expansion with a $2.8 million investment into a new, 25,000-square-foot facility in Dublin (Va.) Industrial Park.

Read more about Alexander Industries, its products, history and plans for the future in my manufacturing profile in the May 2014 issue of Roanoke Business Magazine. You can read it online here.