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Remington Moving Two Production Lines From New York to Alabama

Remington Moving Two Production Lines From New York to Alabama

Jobs not safe from NY SAFE Act gun control law.

After New York State passed the “SAFE Act” gun control law, there were fears that Remington Arms, a major employer in the economically depressed upstate area would leave.

Slowly, that appears to be happening.  First, Remington announced it was opening a plant in Alabama, for future expansion.  But politicians assured us that the jobs in Upstate were safe.

Now we learn that Remington is moving two production lines out of New York to Alabama, and the jobs are going with them.

The Buffalo News reports…

Remington to move production of two gun lines from New York to Alabama

Nearly 200 years after Eliphalet Remington II forged his first rifle in Ilion, residents of the small central New York village are getting the bad news they have feared for more than a year: Remington Arms is moving production of two of its gun lines to Alabama.

While the company did not announce the outright closing of the facility that has been home to Remington since 1816, gun rights advocates said that day is now likely moving closer and they blame the state’s 2013 NY SAFE Act gun control law.

“This could very well be the beginning of the end of Ilion,’’ said Tom King, president of the New York State Rifle and Pistol Association, the state chapter for the National Rifle Association. is reporting that even if workers want to move, there’s no guarantee they can keep their jobs…

Eighty Remington workers will be laid off in the coming months with no guarantees of future jobs as New York’s oldest gun maker shifts two assembly lines from Ilion to Alabama, a union official said this evening.

“You’re not guaranteed a job,” said Fran Madore, president of United Mine Workers Local 717. “You have a fill out an application. There’s no incentive to go.”

Madore said other jobs in Ilion are affected by Remington’s decision to start making its Bushmaster semi-automatic rifle and 1911 pistol at a new plant in Alabama. Madore didn’t know specifics outside of his union members.

I feel bad for the people who are losing their jobs. Let this serve as a reminder that over regulation from progressives often impacts businesses and job creators. Badly.

Featured image is a screen cap from the Remington website.


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In Atlas Shrugged, Ayn Rand wrote that we’ll know it’s over when the lights go out in New York City.

    Musson in reply to snopercod. | May 18, 2014 at 1:26 pm

    When the lights go out in New York City – that is EXACTLY when the citizens will need Remington and it’s products!

I doubt there’s a human being in the world who has never heard of Remington!

I feel sorry for those losing their jobs, but this was to be expected. And I am sure there is more to come.
New Yorkers have allowed their elected officials to stick it to businesses and be unfriendly to them. There’s a price to pay for that.
They need to learn that lesson.
The hard way?
Too bad, so sad. Alabamans need jobs too.

Now I gotta redo some of the background info of the post-US breakup sci-fi novel I’m working on, since it’s not just Remington’s N.Y. section that’s moving. Oh, delays, delays…

Now wait just a minute…. New York is running an ad in Michigan and they are claiming that NY is #2 in the nation for private job creation! Along with a tag that any company that meets NY qualifications gets a 10 yr. tax exemption. Feel sorry for the companies that are already there paying thru the nose. Once again – handwriting is on the wall and whoever is writing these ads really knows how to tell more lies to the low information voters.

    Musson in reply to Granny55. | May 18, 2014 at 1:28 pm

    As my Daddy used to say, “I can put my boots in the oven, but that don’t make’em biscuits.”

Except that the people who passed this law are not the people being affected…..

“United Mine Workers Local 717”
Mine workers? In a factory? I wouldn’t want them at the new plant location either. They’ll be voting for the same kind of pols that they did in NY. Statist “progressives”

Congratulations NY liberals! You’ve managed to put even more of your fellow citizens out of work with your craziness! Time to go for a cappuccino and a plate of sushi… Better yet, why don’t you ESAD!

No no no no no. You have to look at this from the liberal perspective. You see, if the Remington folks were good people, they would keep the jobs where they are, even if they were losing money at the plant. By moving those jobs to a friendlier climate, they are just proving that they are evil and don’t belong in a good place like New York.

Maybe we need even more restrictions, so that more immoral anti-worker companies like Remington will be forced out. Yeah, that’s it! Fewer jobs = better for people!

PersonFromPorlock | May 18, 2014 at 12:55 pm

mzk | May 18, 2014 at 10:14 am

Except that the people who passed this law are not the people being affected…..

Negligent in the pitchforks and torches department, though.

Once again the liberals feel good about themselves while the workers go on welfare. The laid off workers should be able to sue Cuomo personally for alienation of affection.

Can’t feel much sympathy for union workers given the monolithic and massive support given to the Democrat party by all unions. (plus the appearance of corruption when it’s a government union)

They’ve gotten what they are proponents of:

Socialism/Big Government/Financial Largesse for some at the expense of the many.

Unions have been putting their members out of work for years. (sort of like how Journalists’ lack of objectivity is killing News reporting.)

ROFLMBO! This must be the “new” New York that Cuomo talks about in the TV ads ….

If only weapon (and component) manufacturers in Connecticut and Massachusetts would do the same and en mass. The left, for far too long, has not been held culpable for the disastrous consequences of their “good” intentions.

I’m sure the employees of Remington’s Ilion plant did not support the SAFE act, but i’ll bet that a number of folks that taught their kids, served their food, serviced their cars, fixed their plumbing, did their accounting, etc., did.

And now those folks will see what unintended consequences really means.

    Erasmus in reply to bains. | May 19, 2014 at 4:03 pm

    Ruger’s corporate headquarters is still in Connecticut, but all its manufacturing is out of state. Other Conn. and Mass. manufacturers are doing their expansions out-of-state. Beretta, long in Maryland, warned state legislators that further gun restrictions would leave it no choice but to expand (and possibly move altogether) out of state; Beretta is now planning a Tenn. plant. Kahr Arms of NY announced after passage of the NY-SAFE Act that it’s moving to PA.

Remington is coming to my hometown and we welcome them with open arms. Even before the announcement, I think it was Alabama law that every pickup truck had to display their silhouette buck head logo. It’s a huge win for the area and the state.

Will Alabama be a Union shop?
Remington might unload a bunch of duds here.