One of Houlton's largest employers will soon be making some changes, in the form of layoffs.

Smith & Wesson

The 36,000 square foot Houlton location currently employs around 160 skilled workers, some of whom will be without a job in the coming months.

Smith & Wesson Corp. is one of the world's largest manufacturers of quality firearms and firearm safety/security products.The Houlton facility opened in the late 1960s, and at one time produced every single metal framed pistol that Smith & Wesson offers. Additionally, the Houlton facility is the worldwide leader in handcuff manufacturing, producing more than 7 million pairs since the mid-1980s.

Our thoughts are with those who are being affected by these layoffs.