Mohawk Valley

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The two-century-old gun manufacturer Remington Arms, the nucleus of a small Mohawk Valley community, is losing jobs to a more gun-friendly state.

The parent company of Remington, based in Ilion, New York, announced this week it is moving two lines of production work to the company's gleaming new factory in Huntsville, Alabama.

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There's a $1.2 billion offer on the table to purchase gun maker Remington Arms, and even though Remington's owner has been looking for a buyer, it reportedly isn't taking this one seriously.

Remington Arms is one of the nation's oldest and largest gun makers in the country. Its factory has been located in the small Mohawk Valley town of Ilion, N.Y. for two centuries. It employs about 1,300 people and reportedly earned about $1.2 billion in revenue to 2013.

Remington's Alabama expansion plans have Ilion locals worried

Feb 20, 2014
Ryan Delaney / WRVO

When Remington Arms announced that it was going to build a new manufacturing and development facility in Huntsville, Ala., people in central New York's Mohawk valley became concerned their jobs were on the line.

So far none of the plant's 1,300 employees are losing their jobs, but lawmakers say more can be done to support the firearm manufacturer’s operation in the town of Ilion. New York’s passage of the controversial Safe Act has been cited as reasons for Remington's expansion in the south.

Ryan Delaney / WRVO

Upstate New York’s successful bid to host one of the nation’s drone testing programs came with the promise of millions of dollars in economic benefit to the region, but money to establish and fund the site itself is still needed.

Now the consortium behind the designation is reaching out to New York state. Ryan Delaney reports.

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The Mohawk Valley firearm manufacturer Remington Arms has won a contract worth nearly $50 million supplying the Philippine military. The contract comes amidst lingering concerns the factory will leave the state.

Remington will provide 50,000 R4 carbine rifles to the Philippine defense forces by the end of next year. Rep. Richard Hanna, (R - Barneveld), said the work on the rifles will be done in upstate New York.

The majority of the work will be done in Ilion, but parts may be sourced from elsewhere, Joseph Bolmarcich, who oversees contracts for Remington, confirmed.

It’s the second big contract Remington has announced this year since New York state passed new gun control laws. Those laws banned the sale – but not manufacture and export – of some guns Remington makes in Ilion, east of Utica.

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