Remington Arms lays off 75 in Ilion


ILION–75 employees at the Remington Arms plant in Ilion were laid off Tuesday, according to a union representative.

“I’m told that production has slowed this year for a variety of reasons,” United Mine Workers of America Director of Communications Phil Smith said in an email.

The layoff comes nearly two months after around 500 employees returned to the gun manufacturing plant from a summer-long furlough.

Ilion Mayor Brian Lamica and Herkimer County Legislator Jim Bono say they were not notified by Remington of any layoffs–indicating the company has a history of notifying local officials before job shakeups.

Manager of the county’s jobs recruiting outlet Herkimer Working Solutions, Karin Piseck, says one Remington worker came to Working Solutions Tuesday afternoon sharing a letter he received from the company.

Piseck says that worker indicated when he arrived to work Tuesday morning, employees received letters they were being let go at no fault of their own.

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