This week, Remington Arms Co. laid off another 126 workers at its factory in Ilion, New York, according to media reports. In August, 105 people were laid off at Remington’s plant.
Remington has been making firearms in the village since 1816, and at this rate, it will be interesting to see if the facility makes it to its 200th birthday in a few years.
The company employs about 1,300 people in Ilion, a village of about 8,000 people located about halfway between Syracuse and Albany.
Earlier this year, Remington announced plans to open a firearms plant in Huntsville, Ala., creating 2,000 jobs there.
Company officials indicated New York’s adoption of the Safe Act played a role in its decision to move manufacturing to Alabama. The Safe Act prohibits the sale of high-capacity, military-style rifles in New York.
In May 2013, the company was critical of the SAFE Act, saying on its Facebook page that, “We believe the NY SAFE Act is unconstitutional and was passed in a questionable fashion.” New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has said the decision by Remington Arms to lay off workers was part of the company’s overall goals. “The layoffs at Remington Arms are a function of Remington moving to the state of Alabama and consolidating operations all across the country,” Cuomo said during a press conference at the New York State Fair in August.
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