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RALEIGH, NC (AP) — A North Carolina town already home to America’s largest gun manufacturer expects to welcome another famous name in the business.

Sturm, Ruger & Co. is expected to announce Tuesday it will open a new factory in Mayodan to meet gun demands that have spiked since Congress and some states sought to toughen gun controls. The community is headquarters for Freedom Group Inc., which owns Bushmaster, Remington and other brands.

The plant is expected to employ hundreds of people in Rockingham County, where the unemployment rate is 10.3 percent.

Southport, CT-based Sturm, Ruger said last month it wanted to open its third factory in a former textile plant in Mayodan.

Connecticut’s firearms industry has been embattled since 26 students and staff were shot and killed at a Newtown school last year.

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