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Ordnance Systems Inc.

We produce a full range of high-quality explosive and propellant products for the U.S. Department of Defense, Department of Energy and commercial customers.
Ordnance Systems Inc. is the operating contractor for the Holston Army Ammunition Plant located in Kingsport, Tenn., and for the Radford Army Ammunition Plant in Radford, Va. Both of these sites were built in the 1940s to support the war effort and have played an important role in every American conflict since then.
 
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  • The Radford Army Ammunition Plant is capable of producing mass quantities of solvent and solventless propellants to support direct fire, indirect fire, and rocket applications. The facility uses a variety of ingredients in its propellant-making process, including nitroglycerin and nitrocellulose.
  • The Holston Army Ammunition Plant is a major supplier of explosive materials to the U.S. Department of Defense. The facility has state-of-the-art equipment and capabilities for nitration chemistry, acid handling and recovery, and other chemical-processing operations.
  • Both sites participate in the Armament Retooling and Manufacturing Support program, which leases onsite space to private companies.  
  • Additional munition-related services include modernization program management, energetics research and development, engineering design and inventory management.
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Since World War II, these sites have been a heartbeat in the defense industrial base.

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The Holston Army Ammunition Plant and the Radford Army Ammunition Plant are government-owned, contractor-operated (GOCO) facilities where our teams complete their mission. Learn more about how exactly a GOCO operates.
 
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