"[The grant is] absolutely essential if we expand up there," Craig Sanborn, president and chief executive officer for MDM and X-Ring, said Monday.
The company can provide the local grant match, he
said the closure of Ox Yoke in Milo
, a manufacturer of gun accessories, prompted the creation of X-Ring
.Before it closed last spring, Ox Yoke was building part of MDM's
product line, he
said.That closure left MDM
without a supplier.
Since there is a trained and reliable work force from Ox Yoke, Sanborn
said the company opted to temporarily produce its "Dyno-core" bullets in a leased Katahdin Storage facility rather than relocate the product line to the company's Vermont plant.
But the continuation of that arrangement hinges on the town getting a block grant to help the company find permanent quarters, he
Six people are now employed at X-Ring
's Route 11 business.If the grant is approved, about 18 more positions could be added, Sanborn
said.The possibility also exists that the product line could be expanded to add even more jobs, he