Owners Jim Litsey and Dave Driscoll of Mooresville have completely refurbished a building on N.C. 150 West to open an indoor firing range this spring.
Point Blank Range will have 15 shooting lanes, each 25 yards long, as well as training courses and a boutique with firearms accessories for women.
The facility is scheduled to open in early or mid-May at 743 River Highway (N.C. 150), about a mile west of Morrison Plantation Parkway.
Shooting lanes will be for pistol, rifle and shotgun use. They feature a cutting-edge targeting system programmable for advanced courses of fire, the owners said. Training courses, staffed by instructors certified by the National Rifle Association, will provide practical instruction for shooters of all abilities.
Point Blank Range will also have a 3,500-square-foot firearms pro shop stocked with handguns, modern sporting rifles, personal defense shotguns, and ammunition, optics and other accessories.
Handgun and rifle range rentals will be available, allowing people to try guns before deciding to buy them, said Driscoll, general manager of Point Blank Range.
Individual, family and corporate membership plans will be available, and the facility will be the home of Patriot Gun Club. Membership in the club will include after-hours access, a private lounge, gun storage, private lockers, a business center and a viewing area to watch shooters in the range. Club members must pass safety and shooting proficiency qualifications and a law enforcement background check.
Point Blank Range is the second indoor range on which work has begun this year in the Lake Norman area.
Construction is expected to finish by fall on the Range at Lake Norman, a planned indoor firing range and self-defense training center at 10913 Bailey Road, Cornelius.
Partners in the Range at Lake Norman include former Huntersville town commissioner Brian Sisson and his wife, Tricia Sisson, and David and Trish Stukbauer, owners of Lake Norman Sporting Arms in Cornelius.
Celgard to expand separator capacity
CONCORD Celgard LLC, a leading global supplier of microporous separators used in lithium-ion batteries, recently announced a $65million expansion of its lithium-ion battery separator capacity for electric drive vehicles.
The increased capacity will be added to the company's plant that's under construction in Concord.
Celgard, a subsidiary of Polypore International Inc., is involved in development programs for about 50 vehicles scheduled for launch between now and 2015, said Robert Toth, Polypore president and chief executive officer.
Celgard employs about 440 Charlotte-area workers and about 600 worldwide. The company is one of the largest participants in the U.S. lithium battery supply chain.
Hundreds of volunteers needed to build homes
CORNELIUS Our Towns Habitat for Humanity will need hundreds of volunteers to help it build eight homes in the Poole Place subdivision in Cornelius this spring and summer and four townhomes in Mooresville.
To maintain its planned construction schedule, Habitat will need 150 to 200 volunteers each week. No skills are required, and tools will be provided.
Volunteers will work directly with a construction supervisor and be assigned to various phases of construction and related site tasks. Volunteers must be at least 16 years old.
Our Towns Habitat for Humanity's construction team works on site on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Volunteers can choose one or several days.