The paper reported that Madison, N.C.-based Remington, which is part of the nation’s largest firearms company and has its largest plant in Ilion, N.Y, has scouted sites near Nashville’s airport, Lebanon and Clarksville, Tenn. Remington Arms has looked at sites around Nashville for a potential corporate relocation or expansion that would likely include hundreds of manufacturing jobs, according to an article in The Tennessean newspaper.
Remington is among a growing number of gun manufacturers nationwide that are considering relocation from anti-gun-ownership states, including New York, which passed tougher gun control laws in the aftermath of last December’s shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.
Last month, Kahr Firearms Group said it was in talks to relocate its corporate headquarters and research and development department from Pearl River, N.Y., to Pike County, Pa., where it bought 620 acres.
Last week, Southport, Conn.-based Sturm, Ruger & Co. also said it would open a new plant that would employ more than 470 workers in Rockingham County, N.C., home to Remington’s parent Freedom Group Inc.
Remington employs about 1,200 employees in the Ilion plant, which makes rifles such as the Bushmaster AR-15, which is now banned under New York’s Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement Act.
People familiar with Remington’s exploration of sites said the company looked around the Nashville area as recently as within the past month, The Tennessean reported.
An email request for comment to a company spokeswoman wasn’t answered immediately.
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