Fiocchi is five generations strong and has been in operation for over 140 years. They specialize, and are an industry leader, in small caliber ammunitions but also have premium offerings in the hunting, clay and target markets. In 1876 a dying firearms and munition factory in Bologna was bought by Guilio Fiocchi. The arms manufacturer had defaulted on its loan and Guilio worked for the bank that held the loan. He was instructed to visit the facility and see what funds could be extracted. What Guilio found was an opportunity. He consulted with his brother, Giacomo, and they decided to purchase the company based on their keen business intuition. Upon purchase they ceased firearm production and moved toward the production of metallic cased ammunition. They began producing shot shell cases with primers and about a decade later added gunpowder to the production line. A short time later the company expanded to include primed cartridges loaded with shot and bullets. This gentle evolution of product offerings allowed the company to focus on the process and perfect every step.
Perfection in production is the key to the reliability that Fiocchi has become to be known for. Guilio always knew the workers were paramount to this production standard. In the early 1900’s, along with the companies move to the beautiful city of Lecco, he built houses for the workers and ensured to pay them sufficient wages to be able to afford to live there. He hired women and also built a school and a nursery for employees’ children to attend; which are still in operation to this day. This commitment to the employee has stretched generations and not only is the Fiocchi family operation 5 generations strong but many employees are third and fourth generation. The company code of ethics mirrors the families desire to offer a product that is simply the best; to offer a product that they can be proud to write their name on.
“Our success strictly depends on your operating commitment and our moral standards as well. With your support and hard work Fiocchi Munizioni S.p.A will not spoil its consistent reputation and will keep on being respected by its customers, commercial partners and the business community as well.”
Near the turn of the 20thcentury Fiocchi started to expand across the globe. They now export to over 50 countries. In 1980 began the process of true expansion to the United States. A physical presence was needed in order to fully capture a market share. By 1983 the Fiocchi of America facility was opened in Springfield, Missouri. It originally was designed to import ammunition for storage and shipment. Within a few years it was realized that importing was not effective and a production plant needed to be erected. Company history repeated itself as the current location of the Fiocchi of America plant is on a farm that was going through hard times. The farmer had defaulted on his property loans and Carlo Fiocchi negotiated the purchase with the farmer and the bank. Although strong to start the FOA sector fizzled near the close of the century. A revitalization of the FOA company in 2005 has shown positive and the Fiocchi brand is stronger now than ever before.
Dedication to the company, the family and the industry has kept Fiocchi at the top. They are not afraid to spend time and money to ensure the best quality product. Consistently making technical improvements to machinery and processes has ensured Fiocchi stays a market leader in quality. This premium quality stretches from the casing, to the gunpowder to the finished product. All aspects, across all calibers are seen as equally important. Constantino, Technical Director of Fiocchi Munizioni, sums it up best “Bringing a classic and timeless offering to the market in terms of the highest product quality and innovation at a competitive price is always worth the wait.” Here’s to another 5 generations of family virtue and values.