Lawmakers meet with Remington plant’s purchasers

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The new owners of the Remington Arms gun factory in Ilion, one of the Mohawk Valley’s largest single-site employers, expressed interest in working with local officials and businesses to help the plant and build local relationships, according to Assemblywoman Marianne Buttenschon, D-119, Marcy, who was among a group of state lawmakers who met with company leaders Tuesday.

The lawmakers, part of a bipartisan coalition of state legislators who refer to themselves as the Mohawk Valley nine, represent Herkimer, Madison and Oneida Counties. They include: Sen. Joseph A. Griffo, R-47, Rome; Sen. Rachel May, D-53, Syracuse; Sen. Jim Seward, R-50, Milford; Sen. Jim Tedisco, R-49, Glenville; and Assemblymembers John Salka, R-121, Brookfield; Brian Miller, R-101, New Hartford; Ken Blankenbush, R-117, Black River; Robert Smullen, R- 118, Johnstown; and Buttenschon.

Roundhill Group LLC purchased the plant during bankruptcy proceedings in late September from the plant’s parent company, Remington Outdoor. Other parts of Remington Outdoor, which traces its origins to the early 19th century in Ilion, were bought by other companies.

“We stand ready to work with the new owners,” the legislators said in a statement, prior to the meeting. “Remington is more than an economic driver, it is a way of life in our region and the company’s future success is vital to everyone in the Mohawk Valley.”

“The dedicated, skilled, multi-generational workforce at Remington is one of the company’s greatest assets,” the lawmakers statement added. “The employees deserve stability and peace of mind as the company goes through an ownership change.”

“Having the opportunity to meet with the new owners of Remington Arms provided a fundamental platform that allowed us to introduce our area, community and the multi-generational workforce that has been a strong standing commodity in the Mohawk Valley,” Buttenschon said.

“The employees at Remington Arms are an example of a workforce who are committed to the craft and quality behind each item they only produce. My goal going into this meeting was to understand the plant’s ambitions and advocate for the generations of expertise that our hardworking Remington Arms employees bring to the table,” she added.

“Our area thrives on hard work and opportunity. Therefore, it’s imperative that we make connections and build solid relationships with the new owners and figure out how we can assist them during this transition,” Buttenschon stated. “While district lines may cross, it’s essential that we view the new possibilities regionally. This company will provide jobs and opportunities for residents across the board. Their success essentially becomes our region’s success.”

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