Remington Arms Company, Inc., founded in 1816 in upstate New York, announced today they will build their new factory in Alabama and not the Empire state. Since New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D.) signed the SAFE Gun Control Act, multiple gun companies have left the state. And, now Remington will not build its new plant there.
Remington Outdoor Co. plans to open a 500,000-square-foot factory in Alabama that would employ 2,000 people, AL.com and the Military Times reported today.
The Military Times story says the expansion would not affect the gun company’s factory or jobs at the plant in Ilion, Remington’s oldest and largest manufacturing site. Remington employs about 1,300 people in the Herkimer County village.
Team Cuomo is already trying to spin the news.
Governor Andrew Cuomo’s spokesman Rich Azzopardi posted this on Twitter at 8:30 p.m.:
Some are misinformed, others gleefully spreading misinformation, but to be clear, no Remington jobs are leaving NY.
— Rich Azzopardi (@RichAzzopardi) February 16, 2014
No jobs are leaving New York – But 2,000 new jobs won’t be coming there either.
— Steve McLaughlin (@SteveMcNY) February 16, 2014