Red Devil Industries
|Red Devil Industries|
During the Third Succession War Red Devil Industries had a well-known reputation as a wheeler-dealer company that operated just this side of the law. Originally a technicians' school and private maintenance company, Red Devil diversified into weapon system manufacture, opening its BattleMech production lines in the late 2900s.
The Clan Invasion would dramatically impact Red Devil Industries. Targeted during the fifth wave of the invasion in 3052, the defending Gray Death Legion were able to hand Clan Jade Falcon a rare defeat, thus keeping Pandora out of Jade Falcons hands temporarily. While considered among the least efficient weapon producers in the Federated Commonwealth, with Pandora on the Clan border the Commonwealth made plans to relocate both the Red Devil Industries and the Quickscell Company plants to safer interior worlds. Though the Quickscell relocation was well progressed by 3054, the Red Devil relocation was more problematic. A Succession Wars era nightmare of jury-rigged systems, ("held together by duct tape, bailing wire, and prayer" according to one reporter) the Commonwealth had serious concerns if the Red Devil machinery was even worth relocating, and if it would even survive the trip let alone be possible to reassemble at its new home. The second obstacle was the corrupt nobility of Pandora who were unwilling to see their main source of revenue depart, proving quite adept at blackmailing support to retain the Red Devil plant. 
After Pandora was taken by Clan Jade Falcon during the FedCom Civil War, Red Devil Industries became the largest producer of second-line 'Mechs in the Jade Falcon's Occupation Zone. The BattleMaster line in particular was pushed into overtime production. The harsh working conditions led to several labor strikes which were put down forcibly by the Falcons until 3071, when approximately 300 laborers were killed in a labor conflict. After that event, the Falcon Merchant Caste was able to talk the Khans into making a few concessions which improved both production and relations with the former Lyran citizens.
Since Pandora is so close to the Lyran Alliance, the Jade Falcons haven't upgraded the Red Devil facility to produce front-line BattleMechs or OmniMechs. Instead they've chosen to focus on producing second-line 'Mechs, artillery, and small arms.
Red Devil Industries has manufacturing centers on the following planets:
- House Steiner (The Lyran Commonwealth), p. 121, "Weapons Industries - [Red Devil Industries]"
- Masters and Minions: The StarCorps Dossiers, p. 131, "Red Devils Industries Profile"
- Era Report: 3052, p. 40, Mercenaries - Gray Death Legion
- Objective Raids, p. 56, "Produced Red Devil Industries Components"
- Objectives: The Clans, p. 11
- Technical Readout: 3039, p. 300, "Produced BattleMaster 1G Components"
- Technical Readout: 3085, p. 176, "Produced Onager 'Mech Components"
- Technical Readout: 3026 Revised, p. 52, "Produced Condor Vehicle Components"
- Objectives: The Clans, p. 13, "Red Devil Industries"