Skip to comments.Gun maker Remington Outdoor Co. to open manufacturing plant, employ up to 2,000 in Huntsville
Posted on 02/15/2014 11:12:00 AM PST by RetiredArmy
(full title): Gun maker Remington Outdoor Co. to open manufacturing plant, employ up to 2,000 in Huntsville.
HUNTSVILLE, Alabama - Remington Outdoor Co. plans to open a plant to make and develop weapons in Huntsville that could employ about 2,000 workers, sources have confirmed to AL.com.
The deal is set to be announced Monday at a special meeting of the Huntsville City Council.
Other Huntsville and Madison County elected officials declined to comment when contacted Saturday morning. Officials with Remington Outdoor and the governor's office did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
However, the Huntsville City Council on Friday called a special session for 5 p.m. Monday to consider a development agreement among the city, Huntsville Industrial Development Board, Madison County and an unnamed company. The agenda says Gov. Robert Bentley has asked that the name of the company not be revealed until the meeting.
The Military Times GearScout website reported the deal Saturday morning.
Two sources with knowledge of the deal told the website that Remington will purchase a 500,000-square-foot building to be used for manufacturing, new product development and training for the company's commercial, military and law enforcement businesses. Production is not expected to begin before 2015, the website said. Sources told AL.com the site is in west Huntsville in the area of Huntsville International Airport.
The Military Times report says Alabama's reputation as a strong supporter of Second Amendment rights played a role in
A 500,000-square-foot Remington plant would be one of the largest in the area, which has a 1.2 million-square-foot Toyota site in Huntsville, 500,000-square-foot Carpenter Technology metals facility in Tanner, 1.6 million-square-foot United Launch Alliance factory in Decatur and 700,000-square-foot Navistar production and office space in Huntsville.
Founded in 1816, Madison, N.C.-based Remington Arms Co. is among the nation's largest producers of rifles and shotguns. The privately-held company makes a wide variety of products for the hunting, shooting, sports and self defense markets. It also does extensive work with military, government and law enforcement customers.
Remington's website says the company employs more than 4,200 people at facilities in 14 different states. It's largest and oldest factory, located in Ilion, N.Y., has more than 1 million square feet of production space. Remington has another firearms plant in Mayfield, Ky., and makes ammunition at a large factory in Lonoke, Ark.
Huntsville is a nice area, I like it a lot.
This is what every gun and ammo makers in this country should do. Move their businesses to states that are friendly to the 2nd amendment. Let those other states, do without these companies, and see where they’ll be 5 years from now. I saw that Berretta moved their factory, and also those factories in Colorado, and the other anti-gun states. All of them have moved their businesses. Let’s all give them a cheer and an “ATTA BOY” for having the courage to do so.
It sounds like they are making plans to move out of gun and business unfriendly New York and go to where they are more welcome.
Good, we can get all the armories in the Free Zones of the new America.
With any luck at all the first line they’ll put in will be for .22 rimfire ammo——that is still the scarcest caliber and it’s popularity has grown a bunch in the past decade or so.
Look for less work to be done at the Remington plant in Ilion, New York after 2015. Also, expect the new plant in Huntsville to be more space-efficient and capable of producing more than what is produced in Prince Cuomo’s realm.
They are also expanding their ammunition plant in Lonoke, AR. My brother-in-law has worked there for 35 years.
They are running 24/7 and can’t keep up with demand.
I lived in Huntsville when Wallace was Governor. Fun times back then!
I fully agree. Why would you stay where you are hated, taxed to death, every road block that can be made thrown up in your way. Pull out every job, every dollar and let the state explain to them why those millions in tax and payroll dollars are gone. They can easily take the employees who want to go, go with them. The experience comes and can train the new workers also.
While I’m happy for Alabama, I wish some of these gun companies would move to New Mexico. Though technically a blue state now, we are a gun loving state, with some of the best gun laws in the country.
Good for Alabama. Sad to see they didn’t choose Virginia, but given the election of our idiot governor can’t say as I don’t understand. He’s more interested in gay marriage. Maybe he thinks the sex toy industry is going to relocate here?
Remington spokesman: Governor Cuomo said that we weren't welcome in his state and we've taken him at his word. Bye, bye, Andrew. We're out of NY state as fast as we can go.
Yep. When the Red State Rebellion breaks out, it is important that all of these facilities are in ....
Great. I wondered what company was coming here.
I have lived here since 1966 and would not want to live anywhere else.
I suspect it might be in an old Dunlop tire plant, closed a number of years ago after a prolonged strike. About half a mile from where I work.
Maybe I’ll get a “friendly neighbor” discount.
So is Remington buying an empty existing building, or building a new one. T’would be nice if they could take over an existing building, and put it to good use.