Remington layoffs were announced last week at its Ilion, NY, and Lexington, KY, facilities. One hundred and twenty-two union employees are affected in New York and another 16 staff members in Kentucky, according to WIBX radio.
“The small arms industry is facing significant near term challenges related to slowing order velocity and high channel inventories; a dynamic from which Remington is not immune,” Remington Media Relations Manager Jessica Kallam said in a statement. “After exploring all the options available to us, we are compelled to reduce our work force by releasing 122 team members today at our Ilion, NY site. As we move forward, we will continue to monitor all segments of the business for growth opportunities.”
Staff at the Ilion plant numbered roughly 1,100 prior to last week’s development. “We depend heavily on Remington for our economic well-being here in the Mohawk Valley,” Marc Butler, a state assemblyman from Newport, told the Times Telegram. “However, they assured me this is a decision driven by market forces and it has no reflection on the overarching changes at Remington.”
John Scarano, director of the Herkimer Chamber of Commerce, told The Daily Star the company has been forced to downsize in the past, but it has a habit of returning better than ever. “When they do, they always come back stronger, and we’re hoping all these jobs will come back to us,” he told the newspaper.
Other Recent Remington Layoffs
Update: This morning (3/17/17), The Firearm Blog announced more in management have been let go.