Remington’s Alabama expansion made official

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It’s official: The Remington Outdoor Co. is building a 500,000-sq.-ft. facility in Huntsville, Alabama.

The major gun manufacturer’s expansion will create 2,000 jobs over the next 10 years, according to an announcement from Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley on Monday.

“Today’s announcement will create more than 2,000 jobs in Huntsville, and reflects a statewide capital investment of $110 million,” Bentley said in a statement. “Our relationship with Remington is just beginning, and I look forward to a continued partnership with the company.”

Normally a business expansion in other states doesn’t warrant much attention in New York. But Remington’s future in New York has been the subject of speculation since January 2013, when the SAFE Act — a series of tough gun laws — was passed by the Legislature and signed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

Remington’s largest plant — at about 1 million square feet — is the major employer in Ilion, Herkimer County.

As news of the Alabama plant broke over the weekend, a Cuomo spokesman took to Twitter to say it wouldn’t impact the company’s jobs at its Ilion plant. (That was later confirmed by Sen. James Seward, R-Milford, Otsego County, who represents the area.)

Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino, who is weighing a challenge to Cuomo this year, called Remington’s Alabama expansion “another devastating blow to New York’s economy that is already failing under Governor Cuomo.”

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  1. Cuomo isn’t interested in jobs north of Westchester County. All his so-called economic programs are gimmicks or re-tooled failures. If he is re-elected this Fall, shame on the Republicans for not coming up with a stronger candidate against him.

  2. Yup…. Business Friendly NY! $144M spent on the “We’re Open For Business” campaign…. And the old Kodak, Bausch and Lomb, Xerox and Valeo facilities sit empty or partially utilized in Rochester. And I hate to think all the abandoned facilities in Buffalo, Syracuse, Albany, elsewhere in NY. Had Cuomo been serious about jobs here, there would have been competition for those 2,000 jobs. Congratulations Huntsville. Thumbs down for the Governor.

  3. From the live blog and some things you missed, the strong importance that NY’s disrespect of the 2nd amendment played in all of this and Cuomo’s absurd and unconstitutional SAFE act:

    “2:15 p.m. – Remington group CEO George Kollitides says Alabama’s state motto – “We Dare Defend Our Rights’ -“says it all.” He says company is glad to bring oldest gun manufacturer in America to city that built the Apollo moon rocket.

    2:12 p.m. – State commerce secretary Greg Canfield says 9 sites in Alabama were shown to Remington for expansion. It quickly narrowed down to Huntsville. Canfield cites fact Alabama is “right to work” state with right building, right mix of skilled workers. “We are a state that is strongly supportive of the Second Amendment and the right to bear arms,” Canfield says to applause.”

  4. Who’s going to blame them from moving. They’re going where they’re welcome and appreciated. Lower labor costs and real estate taxes and probably an armful of tax incentives don’t hurt either. They’re running a business not a ministry and
    who was it that said it wouldn’t impact the area. Are you nuts? In all likelihood the plant in NY will be closed completely within a year or two. Take a couple thousand decent paying jobs out of an area and tell me there will be no effect.
    btw,I see the gun manufactures made a couple changes to those scary “assault rifles” people are so concerned about.
    They still operate exactly the same as the old ones but they’re less scary looking,I guess.

  5. PROUD AMERIICAN VET on

    CUOMO HAS MADE NY THE PLACE WHERE GOD WOULD PUT THE HOSE SHOULD AMERICA NEED AN ENIMA

  6. Truth teller thinks its okay for all these companies to move out of NY.

    What’s wrong with you bud? Who’s going to pay for all the freebies when the taxpayers have all left? You can’t have it both ways you know.

  7. The taxpayers ain’t leaving pal. NYC, LI and Weatchester are growing. It’s upstaters who are leaving. Not everyone cares about taxes taxes taxes taxes. Many want the quality of life, the energy and the arts, the flavor of NY. The conservatives who want Texas on the Hudson will find it on the Rio Grande. The rest of us love NY and we don’t want one more super right wing state. Plenty if them already out there: Alaska Mussissippi So Dakota Utah etc

  8. OllieOllie – When I went to engineering school at Rochester Institute of Tech some of the most arrogant, narcissistic students I knew hailed from New York City and downstate. Sad to see nothing has changed since the early 70’s. As far as the “flavor” of NY, ever try roadkill skunk?