5/14/2022 – Been a while, quick update. We are still waiting on the containers to arrive from Europe, was delayed due to the Ukraine problem. Earlier this week, the supplier thought there was a chance they may land this weekend, time will tell. Still projecting late May or early June before I receive a shipment.
All the dealers, including myself, are NOT GETTING WHAT WE WANT, there is just not enough powder coming in from Europe. We are all getting something, just not what we would like to get so please be patient and get your orders in where you can, as black powder is going to be tight this year.
I have short sleeved t-shirts available now, same design and brand as the long sleeve ones, available now on the website.
Thank you again for your patience! ~ Pauline
4/11/2022 PM – Update on black powder shipment. As we all suspected, there has been a delay with the containers leaving Europe due to the chaos in Ukraine. The distributor is hoping they will hit the water towards the end of the month, which means they will not be able to ship to us dealers until middle/end of May. In other words, I probably will not have product until end May/beginning of June to ship. Another thing – Schuetzen & Swiss manufacturers were not able to fulfill the entire order, which means all us dealers are going to get shorted on our orders. Remains to be seen what that means, but just giving you a heads up. I’ve been saying to everyone it is going to be a tight year for product, so conserve conserve conserve as much as you can.
Estes has been making progress on their quest to get the GOEX brand back up and running. Permits are being issued (it’s a slow process, need permit A to apply for permit B, that kind of stuff), they’ve re-hired alot of the Hodgdon employees so history and knowledge is being retained, equipment is on order (to replace what they lost last June) – they are hoping for end of the year/beginning of next year. My bet is spring 2023 we will see GOEX hit the market again.
3/28/2022 PM – Hallelujah, I’m finally caught up. All back orders created by the GOEX September announcement and the backlog created by my credit card processing in November is now completed. COMPLETE! I’ve turned credit card payments back on and have updated what I have left in inventory (which isn’t much left, sorry). Still on track for April/May restock. I really don’t have enough powder to do 25 lbs orders unfortunately, UNLESS you want Schuetzen Reanactor powder. Schuetzen Reanactor powder I can do 25 lbs orders, but please call, you won’t be able to do it online.
Thank you for your patience through the last 6 months, it is greatly appreciated.
3/20/2022 PM – Quick update – I’ve been sick since Tuesday with food poisoning and it has really knocked me out. Today is the first day I almost feel like I am getting over it, although standing for longer than 2 hours is still difficult. It has put me behind on updating the website with my inventory, will try and work on that this week. Hoping to get over whatever is ailing me this once and for all in the next few days. Sorry for the delay.
3/14/2022 PM – Been awhile since my last update, I have successfully gone through all the back orders that my credit card processing problems created the last couple of months. Good news is I’ve contacted everyone, just need to wait one more week before I can update the website with my available inventory. I am out of anything 2F, and almost out of anything 3F. Still hoping to receive my restock shipment in April/May, however it is unclear what this Ukraine mess will do to those dates, hopefully nothing. Will keep you posted as information becomes available.
The GOEX transition from Hodgdon to Estes is in progress, they are projecting to have black powder available by end of this year/beginning of next year. We are getting monthly updates from Estes, so I will keep you posted as best that I can with information as they progress.
Now that the backorders have been caught up, I should be a little more responsive, however email and texts will be the fastest way to reach me.
I will be re-evaluating the 10 lbs maximum on orders the next couple of weeks. I’m sure this will come as no surprise, but shipping fees are going to change unfortunately on 25 lbs orders, stay tuned.
Once again, I thank everyone for your continued support, understanding and patience. Thank you again! Pauline
1/31/2022 PM – Got the word from GOEX this morning – it has been bought. And before anyone asks, NO you cannot place an order, probably won’t see this product back on the market until 2023. They have ALOT of licenses to transfer and/or get new (some these licenses are not transferable), not to mention they need to setup manufacturing plants etc. Here is the press release, will keep you posted through the year as I hear of news. Things are starting to get back to normal for us, even if the rest of the world isn’t! Thank you! Pauline
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Estes Energetics to Extend the GOEX Black Powder Production Legacy
Estes Energetics has acquired the assets of GOEX, the premier black powder brand, and will continue and grow production at its Louisiana manufacturing facility.
(January 31, 2022) Minden, LA. Estes Energetics (https://estesenergetics.com/) is pleased to announce the acquisition of GOEX from Hodgdon Powder Company. This last remaining commercial scale black powder factory in the United States produces GOEX and Olde Eynsford brands of black powder, which are highly regarded by competitive and recreational shooters, re-enactors, and muzzleloading hunters, as well as fireworks manufacturers. GOEX black powder also propels the model rocket motors of sister company Estes Industries, the leading model rocket brand, and supports the needs of the U.S. Military.
The acquisition of GOEX was completed in January 2022. “We are extremely excited to extend the relationship with our loyal customers as we ramp up production to satisfy pent up demand later this year,” said Karl Kulling, CEO of Estes Energetics.
GOEX traces its roots back to 1802, when DuPont began producing black powder in Delaware. DuPont’s Belin plant in Pennsylvania became part of GOEX in the early 1970s. In 1997, the operations of GOEX were moved to Minden, Louisiana. Estes Energetics plans to continue this legacy of high-quality American made black powder, bringing innovation and full-spectrum engineering capability to fortify safety and quality.
About Estes Energetics
Estes Energetics is a defense and industrial company founded in 2021 that researches, designs, engineers, manufactures, tests, and integrates solid-propellant rocket motors, energetics and associated technologies for government and commercial customers. It combines practical propulsion solutions with advanced aerospace research and development. Estes Energetics has engineering, manufacturing, and test facilities in Penrose, Colorado near Colorado Springs. To learn more about Estes Energetics, please visit https://estesenergetics.com/
About GOEX Industries
GOEX Industries manufactures high quality black powder that is used for sporting and fireworks applications and is a vital component for industrial and military applications. GOEX has been producing American made black powder for more than 200 years and is the only U.S. manufacturer of black powder. To learn more about GOEX Industries please visit https://goexpowder.com/
1/15/2022 PM – Update, please read all the way through, hopefully will answer alot of your questions.
GOEX Update – still no word on the fate of this product.
Flat Shipping Fee on 5 and 10 lbs – this has been raised from $65 to $70 flat fee. Why? UPS increased hazmat fee by $5.00 beginning of the year. Sorry, I’ve been carrying the increases on this line item for the past 4 years, this increased fee from UPS I couldn’t absorb.
5 or 10 lbs order will continue until I receive my next shipment, which is looking like April/May timeframe.
Schuetzen/Swiss distributor has made great strides in getting containers on order for the US markets. First set of containers are projected to be here sometime spring. What this means for the black powder supply is it is going to be tight through late spring, we are all waiting on these first containers to come from Europe, however I suspect it will continue to improve this summer into the fall.
Status on Shipping back orders – as most of you know, I’ve had credit card processing problems since mid-November, that weren’t resolved until the first week of January. I have a lot of back orders to go through – I am processing in order of receipt – however I did not realize the number of orders received during the week of 12/13. I’m still processing these orders from that particular week. Please continue to be patient, I can only ship so many lbs per day, and can’t ship in bad weather (UPS won’t pick up on those days) – and of course it’s winter in Maine, got another bad storm headed our way Monday. I’ve been able to ship over 100 orders since the 1/5, product is moving, just please be patient.
Inventory status – truth is, I have no idea what my inventory status is, won’t know for a few weeks. I just have too many orders that need processing. For this reason any future orders taken will be on a back order status. Please select CHECK PAYMENT as payment. Sorry to do it this way, but orders continue to come in and I can’t get ahead of it, so temporarily all orders will be on back order until I get caught up and can figure out my inventory. All orders will be kept in order of receipt and will be processed accordingly, so you are not losing anything by placing an order.
Thank you again for your support and patience, will keep you posted. ~ Pauline
1/2/2022 AM – HAPPY NEW YEAR! Back at it today, thank you for your patience the last few months. Between the GOEX announcement and this STUPID credit card processing problem I am STILL having, it certainly has been a trying end to 2021, let’s hope 2022 brings new enthusiasm.
Credit Card Problems – yes, I am still trying to resolve this absolutely ridiculous situation. However, I am at a point where I need to start processing in volume to see what else did the CC Processor forget to do this time. So I will resume processing orders on Monday, 1/3. Having problems with Discover card orders, so if you used a Discover card I will be in touch as I am unable to process those at this time. For those of you that use direct pay from your bank account, that is no longer an option, but will be exploring other payment options in the next month or so (such as PayPal).
Shipping – so to reiterate will start to process orders again 1/3. For non-black powder orders, I will get all of those shipped on 1/3 (unless you used a Discover card, then I will be contacting you).
Thank you again, will keep you posted. ~ Pauline
12/20/2021 PM – Credit card problems – made some strides today, I think we have 3 of the 4 major cards working again – will be testing Tuesday, will know on Wednesday if everything is working for those 3. For those who like to use bank account info, unfortunately that was today’s surprise – I have to contact another company for that, will work on that next week.
Shipping – for black powder orders, I will not be shipping again until after the holidays. History has taught me that UPS will not pick up and/or process hazmat the week between Christmas and New Year’s. It’s a staffing issue at my UPS – even if I brought them the boxes, it would sit in their warehouse until after the New Year. And frankly I would rather it sit in my storage magazine safe and secure than at an open UPS warehouse.
Inventory – I have quite a few of orders that haven’t been processed due to the credit card situation. I hope to have these orders fulfilled by middle of January, check back on inventory levels then.
I cannot adequately explain in words just how frustrating these past few weeks have been – but to each and every person who knows about this situation I’ve been dealing with, your patience and understanding has made it a little easier to get up every day and think ‘this will be the day they get their act together and get it fixed’ – so I thank you from the bottom of my heart.
Thank you again, Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays.
12/13/2021 PM – Credit card processing problems continue – trust me when I say I’m on the phone every day trying to get this resolved, today was on phone for 4 hours. The problem stems from the back end – your credit card info is safe, it’s just the process of finalizing charges and transferring funds is where the hold up is, all back end stuff. I apologize for any inconveniences this is causing, not the type of service I would have expected from this credit card processor, but it is being worked on. Will keep trying to post updates as I have them. Thanks again.
12/5/2021 AM – No GOEX updates, sorry. Let’s hope we get some news of a potential buyer early next year. I’m leaving any reference and logo to GOEX on my website for the time being until I hear a definitive outcome to the GOEX brand.
Having problems processing orders due to credit card company issues – been working on it since Thursday, in process of emailing those orders that are being delayed. Hope to have this resolved early this week.
GOOD NEWS is I received my Schuetzen/Swiss delivery and once I get the credit card problem fixed, I will be able to process those backorders I currently have – will be in touch with you if you are one of those shortly. Inventory and price updates have been posted – I APOLOGIZE IN ADVANCE for the price increases but that increase is 100% because of freight and shipping. Freight especially has doubled in less than 2 months. Thank whoever you want for that little nugget of our new reality. Deep down I am sorry for that.
I will be shutdown between 12/20-1/2/2022 for Christmas and New Years holiday. I will respond to emails, texts and phone messages during this time, I just will not be processing and shipping orders. During this time I will be re-evaluating the 5 & 10 lbs limit on orders.
11/21/2021 PM – Received shipping boxes and will resume shipping on Monday, the 22nd. Still no word yet on when I will be receiving my order from the Schuetzen/Swiss distributor. Stay tuned, thank you for everyone’s patience and have a Happy Thanksgiving. I will see you on the other side of this holiday hopefully with some more news. Thanks.
11/7/2021 PM – Quick update: I ran out of shipping boxes to process orders. They did ship on 11/1, however its been delayed and is taking a bit longer to get to Maine. Hopefully they will arrive this week so I can resume shipping orders. Schuetzen containers have arrived in TX, just waiting on a ship date from them. Will post once I know. No word on the fate of GOEX brand. Sorry. Thanks again for your continued patience! Pauline
10/23/2021 PM – All orders have either been processed and shipped, or contacted for lack of credentials or lack of product availability. For orders that I do not have credentials for, these will be canceled next weekend if I am not contacted or do not receive necessary credentials. If you have not heard from me, I don’t have your order, please contact me!! Email is better firstname.lastname@example.org
Website will not reflect any inventory updates for at least another couple of weeks. I would like to give these last few orders a chance to get processed before I know what I have or do not have leftover.
Update on Schuetzen containers arriving from Europe – they are getting closer but they have been delayed a little, but at least they are on this side of the pond, hoping to get good information this week, but still at least a month, probably two months before the distributor is able to ship. Still no news on GOEX brand.
Only other issue to report is I will run out of shipping boxes this week – there has been a delay with GOEX getting me more shipping boxes, hoping they can work this out this week, but I will contact orders I’m unable to ship directly.
Finally, my work schedule for the winter has changed, so I will be only be shipping on Monday, Tuesdays and Fridays.
Thanks again for your patience! Pauline
10/19/2021 PM – Ok, been very productive week. All but a handful of the last orders are going out tomorrow, rest will go out on Friday. Tomorrow Wednesday (10/20) I will start contacting orders that I do not currently have product for their orders to see if we can substitute something or wait for an order to come in. Orders that I have not received credentials for will start to be followed up on this weekend.
So in other words if I have your credentials on file, I will be contacting you to see if you want to substitute or wait for product to come in.
If I do not have your credentials on file, I will be contacting you over the weekend.
Still looking like Schuetzen order will be here in the next month or two. Swiss won’t be here until next spring. Still no work on the future of GOEX.
Thank you again for your patience. Please keep checking this post for updated information. Thank you again. Pauline
10/13/2021 PM – Up to order 1909, waiting on a lot of call backs. Please make sure your driver’s license matches the shipping address, otherwise it is going to be held up until resolved. I have to be able to prove on paper that you live in the place I am shipping to, no exceptions. Working with the distributors of Schuetzen & Swiss now, FYI whatever order I am able to get shipped to me will NOT include Swiss 2Fg and 4Fg, and Schuetzen 1Fg. They are still waiting on the Schuetzen containers to arrive, so it will be a month or two before I see anything arrive in Maine. The Swiss container from Europe will not arrive this year, looking like Spring 2022 sometime. Still no word on the future of GOEX.
FYI – I will not be processing orders for shipment on 10/15, as I have my last fireworks show of the fall season Friday night, will be busy with that all day. Thank you again for all your patience.
10/12/2021 PM – Over the weekend and the last few days I have managed to go thru ALL correspondence and have managed to match up alot of credentials with orders. I’m only up to order #1883, but I have filled alot of orders that were being held up due to credentials. Now the problem is lack of shipping supplies. Unfortunately I am running out of boxes to ship and these are not the type of boxes I can run to Staples and purchase. These are all tested and approved by the US DOT and they have to be gotten from the manufacturer. It’s HAZMAT, it is just the way it is and there is no way around it. They are on order, but I’m probably going to run out by Thursday (10/14) and will have to wait to receive them from the manufacturer. Check back for more details.
If you have questions, please email me if possible. I’m finding I am able to answer questions via email BY FAR faster and more efficiently than text or by phone. Thank you again for everyone’s patience and will post again on progress.
10/6/2021 PM – Update, processed orders up to #1876. Orders between #1843 – #1875 I will be contacting on Thursday (10/7) to discuss options as these orders I do not have requested product. Still a lot of orders that are sitting on hold (below #1876) that I’m missing credentials. I will not be shipping on Friday (10/8) but instead will be doing a hard core inventory of orders vs what is listed on the website vs what I have in stock. In addition to being out of GOEX 3F, I am also out of GOEX 1F. What does that mean? If you have not received an email with confirmation and UPS tracking#, you are not getting your order and will be receiving a email/phone call from me to discuss your options on what I do have. Please don’t call, I will call you. AND AGAIN I THANK EVERYONE for the restraint on not calling/emailing/texting me asking about orders, that has been much appreciated, even though I know it must be frustrating for you. I still have over 140 orders I’m going through. Thank you again.
10/4/2021 PM – Update, processed orders up to #1826. A lot of orders (below #1826) that I have not processed are incomplete, missing credentials (those are being moved to the bottom of the pile) or shipping addresses do not match the DL (those I’m following up on). I’m officially out of GOEX 3F, making calls to those who have ordered that for substitutes, but that is going to take time. Check back tomorrow night for updates. Thanks
10/3/2021 PM – Update, I’ve gone thru and processed all orders up to #1786. If you have an order# that is lower than that, it is being held up either due to a) lack of proper credentials b) order failed to go thru usually because the credit card used failed for some reason when placing the order – you would have an indication of that on your confirmation screen or c) you ordered a quantity that wasn’t 5 or 10 lbs and the order was canceled (you would have received an email from me by now if that occurred). Thanks!
10/3/2021 AM – Update from Maine Powder House
Well news is out about GOEX and I want to thank each and everyone of you for your patience this week. The emails, orders, texts and phone calls have been overwhelming, too many to handle. I’m not setup like Amazon, I usually process 15-25 orders a week, a handful of emails and texts and phone calls –> I’m not setup to handle 200 orders in 24 hours, along with 700 emails, 70 texts and over 100 phones.
I appreciate the patience.
I will try and keep you posted on processing deliveries but I wanted to take a minute to answer repeated questions on the process since most of the orders I am getting are from new customers.
- Delivery – US DOT rules states that this type of HAZMAT only allows for 100 lbs per commercial truck. In other words, UPS can only pick up PER DELIVERY TRUCK 100 lbs max. If I process 105 lbs in a day, UPS has to send 2 trucks. Sometimes UPS is not able to send 2 trucks in a day to pickup and what ends up happening is my pickups get backed up very quickly (UPS only pickup HAZMAT Monday – Friday). They also have to get it out of the State of Maine, 100 lbs at a time, which is why I will only process 100 lbs of powder per day – it is to keep the process moving forward and product not sitting in a warehouse waiting its turn. 100 lbs per day is about 10-14 orders.
- Credit card charges – when you place an order, there is an authorization of funds hold put on it, it HAS NOT been charged. Only an authorization of funds hold. I do it this way as I need credentials on file before I can process an order and it is a lot easier and faster to cancel a hold on a credit card than do a refund if I’m unable to process an order for whatever the reason.
- Credentials – if I do not have a copy of your driver’s license and a release form on hand when I get to your order, you order goes to the end of the list. Sorry just don’t have time at this moment to do my normal follow up and chase down these docs from customers. Also, your driver’s license MUST MATCH the shipping address. If you recently moved, then I will need a copy of a utility bill (not an amazon bill, a utility bill) that states your physical address (utility is landline phone, water bill, electric bill is most common).
- Stock – what do I have? At this point, I honestly have no idea. Between online orders and phone orders I have absolutely no idea. My best suggestion is to put an order in online (at this time I will not be taking order over the phone) so that you can ‘get in line’ of order processing. If you want to select CHECK as payment instead of CREDIT CARD that is fine, probably easier at this point for everyone since it is going to be a few weeks before I get to anymore new orders.
- How will I know when my order has shipped? I will email you a confirmation with sales receipt and UPS tracking information.
- When will I be back in stock? Good question, working on that. The other distributor who brings in Schuetzen and Swiss products into this country is currently working with those manufacturers on trying to get product in. Not going to lie, might be next spring before they can get those extra ‘emergency’ containers in from Europe. Don’t panic – we will have black powder of some brand, just unknown at this time what, how much, who will be doing the manufacturing and distributing, etc. It is being worked on by the right people. Trust me.
That is all that I have for now, please be patient will try and keep everyone abreast of what order#s I’m processing. That should help in figuring out where you are in the order process.
Thank you again.
The Maine Powder House
9/27/2021 – Announcement from Hodgdon Powder Company, makers of GOEX Black Powder