Exclusive: Firearms maker FN America to open R&D operations in UCF incubator

A firearms maker has targeted Orlando for its first expansion into Florida.

FN America LLC on Oct. 4 will move into the University of Central Florida Research Park Business Incubator, Vice President of Military Operations Todd Smith told Orlando Inno. The McLean, Virginia-based company, a subsidiary of Belgian firm FN Herstal S.A., will open a small office to test and develop new marksmanship training technology. 

It’s a move in a new direction for the 41-year-old company, Smith said.