Remington Coming to Alabama

Discussion in 'Firearms in the Media' started by zaitsev44, Feb 15, 2014.

  1. zaitsev44

    zaitsev44 Active Member

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    Due to New Yorks SAFE act, Remington is moving to my home state of Alabama! It'll bring 2,000 jobs and will set up in Huntsville. The announcement will officially come Monday from Gov. Bentley. Here's the actual report:

    Remington Outdoor Co., previously known as the Freedom Group, expects to announce a major expansion to a new facility in Huntsville, Ala., as early as next week. According to two sources with knowledge of the property sale, the deal has been in the works for months and ROC executives plan to sign the papers Monday finalizing the sale of a 500,000-square-foot facility that will add approximately 25 percent more space to Remington’s existing 2.1 million square feet of existing manufacturing real estate.

    Sources say the expansion was undertaken to help the company meet unprecedented demand for its products. Space in the facility is not currently earmarked for any one of the company’s 18 individual brands, but to facilitate flexibility and growth of the Remington Outdoor Company.

    Before settling on Hunstville, the company was courted by no less than 24 states and various localities hoping to add hundreds of new jobs to their economies. State and local entities in Alabama made economic concessions to attract the company, sources say. The selection of the Huntsville area makes sense, with a skilled and technical workforce already in place. The area is home to the Army’s Redstone Arsenal, which has 35,000 military and civilian employees.

    Other major technical employers in the area, such as NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center, and Toyota, ensure ROC will have a large pool of talent to draw upon for its engineering, technical manufacturing and product development efforts. The fact that Alabama is regarded as a strong supporter of Second Amendment rights also played a role in the selection of the area.

    The facility will be set up for new product development and manufacturing, but it reportedly contains spaces suitable for offices, an auditorium and classrooms that will be used for training and development purposes in ROC’s commercial, military and law enforcement businesses. The site requires significant build-outs, code upgrades and other preparatory work, so the company expects production at the site will not begin before 2015.

    The site will rank with ROC’s largest facilities. Ilion, N.Y., is home to the largest facility at more than 1 million square feet, followed by other sites such as its ammunition plant in Lonoke, Ark., and its factory in Mayfield, Ky.

    Sources say operations in Ilion will not be affected by the expansion and there are no plans to move manufacturing from that site, where Remington has been building firearms for nearly 200 years.


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  2. Axxe55

    Axxe55 The Apocalypse Is Coming.....

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    from what i gather, this is just an expansion and not really moving out of New York.
     

  3. zaitsev44

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    That's right, my bad, they're staying in New York but they're dramatically cutting down the employees there, and moving manufacturing to Alabama. Either way it's bring 2,000 jobs to Alabama, and they won't have trouble finding them. With the number of engineers here, we have the highest concentration of engineers here.


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  4. TLuker

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    I was hoping they would come to S.C. We already have quite a few gun manufactures but I was really wanting to see Remington here. But I'm happy for Alabama on that one! :)
     
  5. WebleyFosbery38

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    I live 30 minutes from Remington in Ilion, I wouldnt buy a Remington till the day the safe act is overturned or Remington moves out of my state. I know that sounds counter intuitive but its what every arms company in NY should do.

    Chuckie Screwmore got them a very large contract right after the safe act passed. Their presence in NY was bought and paid for. Lets see if that continues after the federal bucks run out...
     
  6. stratrider

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    Hell yeah, Roll Tide!
     
  7. nitestalker

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    They are not reducing the jobs in New York. Remington sold out to Obama. Remington has a strong Union in New York. I suspect they supported Obama & Biden. Obama rushed in with a Mega government contract for the New York Plant. Remington is now offering "Soft Serve" to all the civilian markets. There were 5 states courting Remington for these jobs. I think they should have taken Gov. Rick Perry's offer to move to Texas. :)
     
  8. zaitsev44

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    The article I read said they were reducing the jobs in NY. Here's the article: 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.

    According to Remington’s website, the company designs, produces and sells sporting goods products for the hunting and shooting sports markets, as well as military, government and law enforcement markets. Founded in 1816 in upstate New York, the Company is one of the nation’s oldest continuously operating manufacturers. Remington is the only U.S. manufacturer of both firearms and ammunition products and one of the largest domestic producers of shotguns and rifles. The Company distributes its products throughout the U.S. and in over 55 foreign countries.

    Remington first began considering new locations after the New York legislature passed the Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement (SAFE) Act in response to the tragic shootings in Newtown, Conn. In addition to banning magazines that contain more than seven rounds and requiring instant background checks on ammo purchases, the NY SAFE Act broadened the definition of so-called “assault weapons” to include a wide range of guns, including the Bushmaster, which was being manufactured at Remington’s New York plant.

    Almost half the states in the country have made pitches to Remington, included Arizona, Oklahoma, Michigan, South Carolina, Tennessee and Texas. But in the end, the company chose Huntsville, Ala.



    The optics could not be worse for New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who told WCNY radio host Susan Arbetter about a month ago that “extreme conservatives” who are “right-to-life, pro-assault-weapon, anti-gay,” have “no place in the state of New York.”

    Gov. Bentley and Alabama House Speaker Mike Hubbard both immediately responded to Cuomo’s comments.

    “In Alabama we strongly support and uphold our great U.S. Constitution on which our nation and our states were founded,” Bentley told Yellowhammer. “The Constitution serves to protect individual Freedoms. Among them are those guaranteed in the Second Amendment, which protects the right of the people to keep and bear Arms. We will protect the Freedoms of individuals and welcome any one or any company to Alabama to discover as so many have, that we are a pro-business state filled with good, hardworking people.”

    “If he doesn’t want hard working pro-life and pro-2nd Amendment people in his state, we will gladly take them here in Alabama,” Speaker Hubbard added.

    It looks like that’s exactly what is happening.

    Yellowhammer will have full coverage of the announcement on Monday.

    Follow Cliff on Twitter @Cliff_Sims


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  9. John_Deer

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    Remington Arms moving 2,000+ jobs from NY to Alabama

    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.

    Read more here: http://yellowhammernews.com/nationalpolitics/remington-arms-moving-1200-jobs-ny-alabama/
     
  10. nitestalker

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    I expect this will allow Remington to escape the Labor Union in New York. The lack of Labor Unions in the South is a big draw for American Manufacturing. :)
     
  11. Axxe55

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    Maybe I will finally be able to get some friggin .22 ammo.


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  13. John_Deer

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    The question is how many times can the freedom group retrain a new staff and maintain both quality and production? Anyone in AL that would be ready to work on day one is already employed by Kia. The Kia complex is huge with an on site electronics plant.
     
  14. nitestalker

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    I have never seen anything about what they are manufacturing. No company makes a move without securing numbers on an available labor force with 30 year predictions. They may use a large unskilled labor force. Mexicans come to mind.
     
  15. John_Deer

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    You have a point. Remington would be able to recruit all over the south. Alabama has recently been ranked as one of the best places to live by many major publications.
     
  16. OC357

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    Hope Cuomo isn't re-elected. I won't vote for him and don't know anyone that will.

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  17. WebleyFosbery38

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    If he is re-erected, it wont be Upstaters that do it (Other than Albany and Ithaca).

    Technically, until Remington completes their last Govt contract, they must stay in NY (Thanks Chuckie). Remington cant deny sales to govt because they signed a contract to sell and repair, voiding that would likely put them out of business. That gives the rest of us some time to unphuck what Andy and Friends phucked up!

    It will be a very sad day if they bowl down acres of plants that have produced weapons for our state, nation and the world longer than any buildings in the USA. Literally 10 thousand Ilion and surrounding residents futures will be flattened with those brick and mortar structures.

    For now, no new Remingtons in my cabinet until NY gets right....
     
  18. Axxe55

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    i will say this, maybe the new plant is a sign of what Remington plans on doing. only an expansion right now, but maybe a permanent move to a more gun friendly state in the near future. only time will tell the whole story.
     
  19. WebleyFosbery38

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    If they hadnt gotten the last contract from Chuckie, they would be boarding up the windows today even without the safe act. Without those contracts, they would be saying they were leaving the state because of the Safe Act but leaving because of the Unions!

    The Unions have bankrupted any manufacturing in New York that cant live off the government, arms sales are big govt business for sure. Ilion isnt exempt just cause of its rich Remington Arms history, the only reason its stayed open is the automating of much of the machining and State and Federal Contracts that cost the taxpayer way too much.

    They are preparing for the inevitable downsizing of our military as well as Fed and State monies for LEO's drying up with that, moving south for cheap labor makes sense. The Remington Arms Museum in single building filled with the finest NY Remingtons ever made will be all thats left when the contracts disappear regardless of us taking our rights back.
     
  20. gunny91

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    I used to work for remington I can assure u the only benefit u get is half off there product they don't care about there employees they focus on quantity and not quality u can't master both its one or the other

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