Remington Arms Lays Off 105 Employees from Ilion Plant

By Julia Rose

Published 08/18 2014 10:17PM

Updated 08/18 2014 10:25PM

Over 100 Ilion Remington Arms workers learned Monday afternoon that they are now unemployed. The news comes after an announcement in May that the gun manufacturing company was consolidating some of its plants to a new plant in Alabama. Community members say although the announcement was somewhat expected the news is still devastating.

You don't have to be one of the 105 laid off Remington employees to appreciate the significance of a cut back like this one and in a small village like Ilion, the layoffs are affecting the entire community.

"I know a lot of people from around the area and most of them have somebody in the family or friends that are employed there and I mean jobs are already short enough and with them moving more jobs out, it's not a good thing at all,” says Ilion resident Brandon Davis.

"It’s awful, I really don't understand how they could have allowed this to happen, they almost promised it wouldn't happen and then it just did,” said community member John Staring.

Some say the news isn't surprising as Remington Arms announced a new plant opening in Alabama back in May. Even so, the company is the largest employer in the area and now people say their local economy could be in jeopardy.

"I thought they were here to stay forever and they say they are but who knows, everybody is unsure now,” says Gregory Austin of Ilion.
"It’s going to hurt the economy around here, how could it not? It's not a big town,” said Staring.

"With this happening, I could just see it totally leaving the area and like I said it's the biggest employer probably in the valley itself right there," said Davis.

The local Union President says he believes the SAFE Act does play a role throughout all of this. While this is a controversial subject in Ilion, community members say right now their focus is on the newly unemployed workers and their families.

"Now they're going to have to go try and find work and like I said, it's limited around here,” says Davis.

"You know, you got family you got to feed, take care of your kids, it's no good," said Austin.

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