41°F
Sponsored by

Remington Arms: Waiting to See What's Next

The Village of Ilion is literally centered around Remington Arms. It's no wonder that people who live there or know people who do all wonder what this means for the Mohawk Valley and beyond.
The Village of Ilion is literally centered around Remington Arms. It's no wonder that people who live there or know people who do all wonder what this means for the Mohawk Valley and beyond.

"Hoping to God that Remington doesn't leave Ilion and the Mohawk Valley," says Beth Neale, mayor.

And that's what every member of the Ilion community is counting on. During a press conference on Monday, Remington confirmed they will be expanding in Alabama. But it's still unclear what that will mean for the plant in Ilion. This has some wondering about the future of the area.

"We don't know the aspects of what they're moving out, what they're going to keep here. But if they take some of these skilled laborers that have to go down south, are they going to come back here? We don't know," says Ted Gage, village trustee.

With so many questions and speculations, it is clear that if Remington goes south, so will a major portion of the Mohawk Valley economy.

"It's a big impact if all these jobs would actually come here you would see all the little mom and pop places that if they move out, they're going to die. These people that have invested their life in some of these companies," says Gage.

The mayor is hoping all the work being done at the village and county level won't be in vein. She wants the state to push for Remington to keep jobs in this area.

"This is something, financially and economically, you can say is a tsunami coming and if that happens, it is not just Ilion that will suffer," says Neale.

The mayor added that the Village is trying to put together a group of people to go to Albany to push for Remington to stay and expand in the Mohawk Valley.
Page: [[$index + 1]]
comments powered by Disqus