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Ilion Reacts to Remington Decision

The people of Ilion are really concerned about how this Remington decision will affect the economy of the area.

The people of Ilion are really concerned about how this Remington decision will affect the economy of the area.

"It definitely would have helped the economy of the area; two thousand more families spending money that moves around to all the different businesses, so it’s definitely going to hurt," said State Bowling Center owner Rod Brown.

A Remington worker says he feels like the expansion is out of the control of the people affected most.

 

"Really there’s nothing you can do about it, but go to work every day and hope that the jobs there as long as it’s there,” said Remington worker Tom McGraw.

 

Some business owners say there's a real danger that the plant in Alabama will take away jobs of people here in Central New York.

"I'm a little scared because they take a young person down there to teach these people in Alabama how to build the guns. They might get offered a job down there and they might stay there.  We could lose the employees we already have here in Ilion," said Brown.

 

The people I talked to say that politics may have played a role in the decision.

"I think it’s all a political game anyway.  It’s all about money in the end, you know.  Wherever the bucks go is where it goes," said McGraw.

 

“It’s just that New York State isn’t friendly to business and Cuomo is anti-gun, so I think that’s why they chose to go to Huntsville."

 

The owner of State Bowling Center says that he just hopes that it doesn’t affect his business too much. 

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