On Sunday, Sen. James Seward, R-Milford, Otsego County, stressed that Remington Arms has no plans to abandon its New York plant as it expands in Alabama.
“The most important part of this announcement is that Ilion will remain the home to over 1,300 Remington Arm’s employees. The underlying story though is the reasons why the company is expanding in Alabama and not here at home,” Seward said in a statement. “Clearly, the SAFE-Act played a role, hindering efforts to bring this expansion to New York.”
Remington is building a 500,000-sq.-ft. facility in Huntsville, Alabama, the company and local officials announced yesterday.
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.
Seward knocked the gun law.
“I opposed the onerous and reactionary measure when it was rushed into law, and feared it would lead to job loss in the Mohawk Valley,” his statement continued. “Now, just over a year later, we are no safer, a portion of the law has been found unconstitutional, other portions cannot be enforced, and Remington is expanding – out of state.
“I have long worked to support Remington and the skilled workers that punch the clock in Ilion and will redouble my efforts moving forward, other New York elected leaders need to do the same.”