Remington Firearms moving HQ to Georgia

Remington Arms Co. was founded in the Herkimer County village of Ilion in 1816. Tribune News Service

Georgia Governor Brian P. Kemp announced on Monday that Remington Firearms (RemArms) would move its headquarters to and open a factory and research operation in Georgia.

The company and Georgia officials announced that the gun manufacturer, which started in Herkimer County in 1816, would invest $100 million in the operation in LaGrange, Ga., hiring 856 people over five years.

“The decision to locate in Georgia is very simple, the state of Georgia is not only a business-friendly state, it’s a firearms friendly state,” said CEO Ken D’Arcy.

“The Remington ‘firearms’ assets of Remington Outdoors Company were acquired through the bankruptcy by the Roundhill Group,” he said.

“At the time of this acquisition the firearms group corporate headquarters, research and development group and some manufacturing, was located in Huntsville, Alabama. To be clear, none of this was located outside of Alabama.”

Production will continue in Ilion.

“We are very pleased with the work being done and are confident we will be able to increase production in Ilion as needed,” D’Arcy said, adding that the company is attempting to hire more employees.

The Herkimer County Industrial Development Agency (IDA) had had no direct contact with RemArms owners in recent months, although the agency had reached out to them, said Board Chairman Vincent J. Bono. If the Ilion plant had been slated to close, it would have had a detrimental impact on the village of Ilion, Herkimer County and the region, he said.

In a statement, U.S. Rep. Claudia Tenney, R-New Hartford, said “ Remington Arms has been a staple of the Mohawk Valley since 1816, providing good manufacturing jobs to generations of New York families.” Tenney added that she was in touch with local stakeholders and “will continue to do all I can to advocate on behalf of Remington’s workforce and the Herkimer County community.”

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