In one example, Mike Weddle - chief of maintenance at Dynamic Research Technologies, an ammunition manufacturer in Albany, Mo. - said he is adding 10 new workers to his present staff of 35. The firm's machine operators earn between $10 and $17 an hour, a pretty good wage in a region where it is hard to find work and the cost of living is fairly low.
Right now, DRT makes 80,000 rounds per shift. The plant is operating two shifts per day. But that's not enough to meet the surging demand, which has been triggered in large part by renewed gun control efforts on the federal level (and in some states, like New York and Colorado).