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    Border Barrels, changes afoot!

    Does anyone know whats happening at Border Barrels, their website now has a Birmingham address?

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    Be interested to know as well cause a mates trying to get a hold ovem to get some work done.

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    They were bought out by a Birmingham firm, the staff at Riccarton laid off and production moved.
    I believe Geoff Kolbe is still with the company.

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    Here's the announcement

    Announcement
    Change of ownership of Border Barrels


    John Shirley, Director of Birmingham Gunmakers Limited is pleased to announce that, with effect from 24 June 2013, Border Barrels has become wholly owned by Birmingham Gunmakers Limited.
    Border Barrels has supplied magazine, falling block and double rifle barrels to John Shirley's gun-making business for over twenty years. So, when Dr Geoffrey Kolbe wanted to take his Border Barrels business in a new direction, the acquisition of his company by Birmingham Gunmakers Limited was a natural development.

    John Shirley has over 40 years experience in the gun trade, and has over 30 years experience in the design, manufacture and construction of magazine, falling block and double guns and rifles. He was the first to introduce CAD-CAM CNC machining techniques into the UK trade in the 1980's. He has worked for every major gun-making company in the UK and several in Europe. These include Holland & Holland, Boss, Westley Richards, Rigby and Peter Nelson. In 1996, he sold his CNC machining facility to James Purdey, and for the next year was the Technical Manager of James Purdey's Hammersmith factory. Since then, he has worked throughout Europe and Japan developing machining strategies for the production of precision-machined components. He is a Metalworking Production and Machinery and Production Engineering - Manufacturing Industry Award winner.

    Dr Geoffrey Kolbe will continue to work within Border Barrels, where he will undertake research and development work for ammunition manufacturers, government organisations and competitive target shooters.

    Border Barrel's production remains in Scotland, but all communications should now be directed to the following address:


    Border Barrels Ltd
    Unit 4
    Gunsmith House
    50-54 Price Street
    BIRMINGHAM
    West Midlands
    B4 6JZ
    Tel: +44 (0)121 359 6861
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    Quote Originally Posted by dodgyrog View Post
    They were bought out by a Birmingham firm, the staff at Riccarton laid off and production moved.
    I believe Geoff Kolbe is still with the company.
    according to to the website announcement, production remains in Scotland. Hope they don't dick about with a successful business (I have a barrel on order from them.)

    EDIT: as above post, which crossed with mine.

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    give me a call re this.


    Basically business as usual, though relocation afoot.

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    hi all they are moving to Birmingham, Geoff is going there too, some of the lads are relocating to Birmingham with Geoff also but I think the border barrel name will be lost, if you've got any orders with them I think you'll be lucky to see it.

    My brother lee used to work there I imagine most of you who know the company would have spoken to him at some point, he has now immigrated to New Zealand and is working for Hardy Rifle Engineering.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mark1495 View Post
    hi all they are moving to Birmingham, Geoff is going there too, some of the lads are relocating to Birmingham with Geoff also but I think the border barrel name will be lost, if you've got any orders with them I think you'll be lucky to see it.

    My brother lee used to work there I imagine most of you who know the company would have spoken to him at some point, he has now immigrated to New Zealand and is working for Hardy Rifle Engineering.
    Heard that news from NZ. I wish Lee all the best.
    edi

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    Quote Originally Posted by xavierdoc View Post
    according to to the website announcement, production remains in Scotland. Hope they don't dick about with a successful business (I have a barrel on order from them.)

    EDIT: as above post, which crossed with mine.
    I spoke with the lads there whilst on the land next door and they told me that the whole production facility was moving to Birmingham at Christmas and the staff were being 'let go'.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mark1495 View Post
    hi all they are moving to Birmingham, Geoff is going there too, some of the lads are relocating to Birmingham with Geoff also but I think the border barrel name will be lost, if you've got any orders with them I think you'll be lucky to see it.

    My brother lee used to work there I imagine most of you who know the company would have spoken to him at some point, he has now immigrated to New Zealand and is working for Hardy Rifle Engineering.
    curious why people would be lucky to see there orders, as I assume they purchased the company as a going concern, so payed a price with those orders on the books in mind.

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