by Warner Todd Huston | May 17, 2014 2:16 pm
With its strict and unpopular new anti-gun laws, many gun-related businesses are leaving the Empire State for a more welcoming atmosphere. This time it is Remington Arms, a company that has been manufacturing guns in New York State since 1816. The company has announced it is closing its shops and moving to Alabama.
According to The American Survival Guide message board:
The buzz around the industry early yesterday was that Advanced Armament Corp was being closed down and relocated. Before the end of business yesterday, employees at six Remington properties along with two production lines in Ilion, New York, were told their companies- and jobs- were relocating to Huntsville, Alabama.
Following is the official statement from Remington spokesperson Teddy Novin:
“Earlier today we announced the consolidation of multiple company plants into our Huntsville, Alabama facility. This was a strategic business decision to concentrate our resources into fewer locations and improve manufacturing efficiency and quality. We are working hard to retain as many from the affected facilities as possible.”
The Fire Arm Blog has more info about Remington’s move.
The companies being relocated and their current locations are:
Advanced Armament Corp, Lawrenceville, Georgia; Montana Rifleman, Kalispell, Montana; TAPCO, Kennesaw, Georgia; LAR Manufacturing, West Jordan, Utah; Para-Ordnance, Pineville, North Carolina; and DPMS, St. Cloud, Minnesota. Additionally, the Bushmaster production and Remington 1911 production lines will also be relocating from Ilion, New York.
A Remington source tells The Outdoor Wire Digital Network the company will be offering relocation opportunities but an attractions of modern state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities like the one in Huntsville, Alabama is their innate ability to eliminate head count without negatively impacting production outputs.
The Fire Arm Blog also has some of the facts in the move.
FACT #1: Remington is closing a number of plants around the country.
The Remington plants at Elizabethtown, West Jordan, Kalispell, Kennesaw, Lawrenceville, St. Cloudand and Pineville are closing.
FACT #2: Closed plant products lines are being consolidated at the new Huntsville, AL plant.
Earlier this year Remington opened a new plant in Huntsville, Alabama. The 500,000 square foot facility is the equivalent of 25% of the total of Remington’s pre-Huntsville 2.1 million square feet of production space.
FACT #3: Also being moved are the Bushmaster and Remington’s 1911 product lines.
The Bushmaster Firearms International (BFI) and Remington R1 1911 product lines are also being moved from Remington’s Ilion, NY facility.
Bushmaster was originally moved from Windham, Maine to the Ilion facility in 2011.
FACT #4: The consolidated product lines are:
- Advanced Armament Corporation (AAC)
- DPMS Panther Arms
- LAR Manufacturing
- Montana Rifleman
- Remington 1911
FACT #5: Remington is asking employees to move to Huntsville, Alabama.
Remington is wanting to retain and move as many staff as possible to the city of Huntsville, Alabama. Staff have been given instructions on how they can apply to move.
Several other gun companies have already left New York or have announced plans to do so. Kahr Arms of Rockland County, New York reported it is moving manufacturing to Pennsylvania. Sturm, Ruger & Company and Beretta are also on the way out of New York.
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