Remington gun company lays off almost 600 workers
Oct 27, 2020 5:30 am
Rick Karlin is reporting for the Times Union the bankrupt Remington Outdoor Company laid off 585 of its employees October 26, despite finding a new buyer. The workers' benefits will expire later this week, without severance pay, according to the union that represents them. “This outrageous action by Remington Outdoor company is a slap in the face,” said Cecil Roberts, president of the United Mine Workers of America, which represents most of the more than 700 people who work at the gun factory in Herkimer County. He said the union is exploring legal options to fight the layoffs and lack of severance pay. Some of the workers may be called back to work in the coming months. “We are now working with the new company to get the plant reopened and start putting our members back to work. But the old, failed Remington had one more kick in the pants for our members,” Roberts said. The historic gun manufacturer this month declared bankruptcy, and it was then auctioned off to seven buyers who are purchasing all parts of the company, including its ammunition division and the firearms factories in Ilion, Herkimer County, and in Huntsville, Ala. The Ilion operation is being purchased by the Roundhill Group, a gunmaker investor. Founded in Ilion in 1816, Remington is said to be the nation’s oldest gunmaker. Read the full story in the Times Union.