About Us

History of the Arsenal

The Watervliet Arsenal was founded in 1813 to support the, “Second War for Independence,” the War of 1812, the arsenal has been and continues to be a valuable resource for world class defense manufacturing. In 1887, the arsenal became America’s, “Cannon Factory.” Today, the facility remains as America’s sole manufacturing source for large caliber cannons in production volume. Located along the Hudson River, just a few miles north of the state capital of Albany, Watervliet Arsenal is relied upon to produce today’s most advanced, high-tech, high-powered weaponry for cannons, howitzers and mortars. The Watervliet Arsenal maintains a long heritage of being recognized as the premier manufacturer of the finest artillery in the world. The co-location with the Army’s elite design agency, Benét Labratories, creates the choice destination for your design, development and production needs. Schedule a visit today!

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In addition to producing the tools that protect and support our warfighters, Watervliet Arsenal is also a manufacturer of items for the non-defense industry. Recent clients include the New York State Department of Transportation and Atlas Copco Inc.

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