It’s official: The Remington Outdoor Co. is building a 500,000-sq.-ft. facility in Huntsville, Alabama.
The major gun manufacturer’s expansion will create 2,000 jobs over the next 10 years, according to an announcement from Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley on Monday.
“Today’s announcement will create more than 2,000 jobs in Huntsville, and reflects a statewide capital investment of $110 million,” Bentley said in a statement. “Our relationship with Remington is just beginning, and I look forward to a continued partnership with the company.”
Normally a business expansion in other states doesn’t warrant much attention in New York. But Remington’s future in New York has been the subject of speculation since January 2013, when the SAFE Act—a series of tough gun laws—was passed by the Legislature and signed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
Remington’s largest plant—at about 1 million square feet—is the major employer in Ilion, Herkimer County.
As news of the Alabama plant broke over the weekend, a Cuomo spokesman took to Twitter to say it wouldn’t impact the company’s jobs at its Ilion plant. (That was later confirmed by Sen. James Seward, R-Milford, Otsego County, who represents the area.)
Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino, who is weighing a challenge to Cuomo this year, called Remington’s Alabama expansion “another devastating blow to New York’s economy that is already failing under Governor Cuomo.”