ILION NY - Remington Arms has laid off 122 employees.
Village officials are calling it a "reflection on the economy."
Ilion Mayor Terry Leonard told Eyewitness News he has been informed by management at the plant that the move is the result of low sales. Remington Arms has seen periodic layoffs in the past.but some of those let go were brought back when sales picked up.
Roughly 960 employees remain on the job at America's oldest gun manufacture,which is also the village's largest employer.
Congresswoman Claudia Tenney (District NY 22) responds:
“As the largest employer in Herkimer County and one of the country’s longest continuously operating manufacturers, Remington Arms has been a staple in our community for over 200 years. The news today that Remington laid-off 122 employees is truly unfortunate for our community and the hardworking families of Herkimer County. Economic downturns in the firearms industry coupled with a decrease in sales have forced Remington to reduce staff to remain competitive. Failed economic and anti-Second Amendment policies in New York have continued to burden Remington’s Ilion facility, making it difficult for the plant to remain competitive. However, I will work tirelessly in Congress to roll back burdensome regulations that prevent businesses like Remington from growing."
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