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Remington to lay off 105 workers in NY

August 18, 2014

Remington Arms, the Ilion, Herkimer County, gun manufacturer, is laying off 105 workers in New York as part of its expansion in Alabama.

A spokesman for Sen. James Seward, R-Milford, Otsego County, who represents the Mohawk Valley plant, confirmed the layoffs today. It was first reported by WKTV in Utica.

The announcement of cuts at the plant, which has about 1,300 employees, was expected after Remington announced in February that it would expand in Alabama.

Seward in February said Remington assured him that it's not leaving New York, but he blamed New York’s gun-control law adopted in January 2012 as a reason why Remington is not expanding in New York.

A Seward spokesman, Jeff Bishop, said 75 percent of the cuts are due to the new plant, and the rest is due to market conditions.

“Ilion will remain the home to over 1,300 Remington Arm’s employees. The underlying story though is the reasons why the company is expanding in Alabama and not here at home,” Seward said in a statement in February. “Clearly, the SAFE-Act played a role, hindering efforts to bring this expansion to New York.”

In May 2013, the company was critical of the SAFE Act, saying on its Facebook page that, "We believe the NY SAFE Act is unconstitutional and was passed in a questionable fashion.”

Several gun companies have left New York since the law was passed, and they blamed the law as the primary reason. Gov. Andrew Cuomo has defended the law, saying it's made New York safer after the school shootings in Newtown, Conn., in 2012.

95 Layoffs Coming to Savage Arms in Westfield
August 16th, 2014

WESTFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) — Nearly 100 employees are being laid off from Savage Arms in Westfield.

Tim Brandt, spokesperson for ATK Sporting, says that on Friday, the company announced changes at two ATK facilities – Savage Arms in Westfield, and another site in Lakefield, Ontario.

Those changes will result in a reduction of 95 employees in Westfield.

“Our products are known for their quality, reliability and affordability and our success is driven by our manufacturing employees, which makes this decision that much more difficult. Calendar year 2014 represented the industry’s single largest growth year in history, largely driven by consumer surge buying. We responded to that demand by increasing production capacity and expanding our workforce. Unfortunately, we must now right size our operations to remain efficient and competitive as consumer demand retracts and the market normalizes. We appreciate the continued support, professionalism and commitment to quality and safety that is vital to the success of the Savage Arms brand,” says ATK President Jay Tibbets in a statement to ABC40.

ATK adds that 25 employees will be let go from the Ontario facility.
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