Remington Arms has announced an expansion plan into Alabama that will create 2,000 jobs in the state, while simultaneously reducing the workforce in their current Ilion, NY home, and Governor Cuomo’s SAFE Act was a catalyst in making it happen.
This past summer, reports started surfacing that Remington Arms was scouting for new locations for their largest manufacturing plant. The new plant would bring with it over 2,000 jobs and $87 million in initial economic impact.
High level sources have informed Yellowhammer News that Remington, one of the world’s largest gun manufacturers, will on Monday join Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley in announcing that they are bringing over 2,000 jobs to Alabama.
The company is viewing the move into Alabama as an expansion, but it will likely impact their Ilion, NY plant as well. The New York facility currently employees around 1,200 people. It is expected to stay open, but with a reduced workforce.
“The company is making the move as an expansion of capacity, production and research,” a source told Yellowhammer on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly. “The demand for Remington products has skyrocketed recently, for obvious reasons, so they need to increase their production capacity. They will be expanding their research capabilities with the Alabama plant, too.”
The initial estimated impact on Alabama’s economy will be roughly $87 million.
The report states that Remington began its review of new locations after passage of the SAFE Act which banned magazines containing more than seven rounds, and reclassified the Bushmaster – a Remington product – as an “assault weapon.”
Assemblyman Steve McLaughlin posted this to his Facebook page:
In honor of President’s Day Remington is going to spend $87 million of them in Alabama and not in NY….which is ironic since Cuomo is spending at least $250 million around the country saying we’re “Open for Business.”
Remington is making what I sadly believe will be the first of many moves to greatly downsize their operations in Ilion, if not close there altogether.
Indeed, one month after stating that “extreme” conservatives who are “pro-assault-weapon” are not welcome in New York, Cuomo is watching a company, thousands of employees, and millions of dollars, heed that advice.
All thanks to his extreme view on gun control.
In April of 2012, Chuck Schumer, a big proponent of New York’s gun laws, was singing the praises of Remington Arms and their economic and employment impact in the state.
“Today is a great one for Remington Arms in Ilion, its workers and the Mohawk Valley economy as a whole. The Ilion plant has secured an expanded role in producing high-quality equipment for our brave men and women overseas, and this contract will provide a huge boost to Central New York’s economy.”
Schumer was referring to an $84 million contract between Remington and the Army.
If Remington decides to leave Ilion, Schumer’s statement will surely have to be amended. Fortunately, we’re here to help…
‘Today is a terrible one for Remington Arms in Ilion, its workers and the Mohawk Valley economy as a whole. New York has lost an expanded role in producing high-quality equipment for our brave men and women overseas, and this departure will be a huge blow to Central New York’s economy.’