According to syracuse.com, Remington Arms is hiring at a Herkimer County factory. Some thought the company was in trouble after passage of New York’s Safe Act gun-control law and the company’s announcement that it would build a new plant in Alabama.
Remington’s website says the company is hiring at its Ilion location for assemblers and machine operators.
The gun maker at first said it was seeking 200 applicants “for screening” but then expanded that to 400, according to the (Utica) Observer-Dispatch.
Last year, Remington laid off 231 of its approximately 1,300 workers in Ilion.
The layoffs came just after the company announced that it would open a factory in Huntsville, Alabama. This gave way to speculation that Remington was planning to close its plant in Ilion, where it has been making guns for almost 200 years, writes syracuse.com.
New York’s SAFE Act was enacted in 2013 and bans high-capacity magazines of more than 10 rounds and it tightens restrictions on assault weapons. It also closes loopholes on background checks and addresses some mental health issues.