Report: Big Green Moving to Tennessee?

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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Comments (10)

  1. East Tennessee would welcom you with open arms. Its all here and ready to go. The land, the people and the human resourses as well as one of the most firearms friendly cultures in America. Bring it !!

  2. I’ve got 54 acres right here in Georgia. . Ready for your new facility. . Next to interstate I 20 west of Atlanta. . Give me a call 7708453866

  3. You go Big Green, to some place where Americans need jobs and where you will be appreciated. Let the liberal Yankees choke in their BULL!

  4. ANY manufacturer of firearms or tactical gear will find Southerners friendly,welcoming and appreciative of the move. Down here America is still loved and protected,the total opposite of where I moved from-Conn.I now live in North Carolina and feel totally comfortable here.These people have values and respect one another.Employees will receive a boost in Living Standards they cant comprehend.Let the North choke on its liberalism.

  5. I invite companies who would consider relocating to consider the Industrial parks located In Pensacola and Milton Florida.. We are gun friendly and have existing facilities available that may fit needs. Rail and water shipping are available. Air might also be close .

  6. I agree with the sentiment to expand in Kentucky. Remington already has a research and development center in Elizabethtown, Ky., and a factory in Mayfield, Ky. so expansion would be welcomed as they know that Kentucky appreciates them. And even though Mr. McDine mentioned the interstate system, and rail hubs along with the airport, he needed to add that with the airport you also get the UPS WorldPort shipping facility.

  7. Bravo to Remington! I hope this happens and that all gun manufactures get out of the communist libtard new england states.

  8. I would like any fire arm Company to look at Kentucky. Interstate highways, Rail and international airport. Gun friendly State, and we could use the Jobs.

  9. East Tennessee would be a better choice. More gun friendly and more conservative than Middle or West Tennessee.

  10. I hope this report develops into action – that Big Green moves their NY plant to Tenn or other Right-to-Work and Second-Amendment-friendly state. It would be a beautiful thing if all gun and ammunition makers moved out of the Communist New-England and Left-Coast states…get out of California, NY, Connecticut, Massachusetts, RI, NJ, and set up shop in Right-to-Work and 2d Amendment supporting states such as Texas, Alabama, and Tennessee.

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