(RightIsRight.co) – In a striking blow to the American right to bear arms, RemArms, previously known as Remington Arms Company, has been forced to officially announce its intention to shut down its gun manufacturing operations in Ilion, N.Y., by March 2024.
As reported by the Observer-Dispatch, the decision marks a significant shift for America’s oldest gun manufacturer, originally established in Ilion in 1816.
In a formal communication to union officials, RemArms outlined the closure plan, stating, “The Company expects that operations at the Ilion Facility will conclude on or about March 4, 2024. The Company did not arrive at this decision lightly.”
This move follows a turbulent financial period for RemArms, including two bankruptcy filings and a landmark $73 million settlement in 2022 with the families affected by the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. Remington had produced the rifle used in the tragic incident, making this the first instance where a gun manufacturer was held liable for a mass shooting.
RemArms confirmed its intention to expand operations in Georgia as part of its strategic realignment. In an automated response from their press team, the company expressed enthusiasm about Georgia’s welcoming business environment, particularly for firearms companies.
The imminent closure of the Ilion facility, slated to occur between March 4 and March 18, 2024, has been met with disappointment and criticism from the United Mine Workers of America (UMWA).
Misplacing the blame for the plant’s failure, Cecil Roberts, International President of UMWA, urged RemArms to seek alternative solutions to maintain the plant’s operations, emphasizing the profound disappointment and betrayal felt by the workers, particularly given the timing close to the holiday season.
“The workers in Ilion enabled RemArms to rise from the ashes of the Remington Arms bankruptcy in 2020-21. Without these workers and their dedication to producing the best firearms in the world, this company simply would not exist,” Roberts stated. He highlighted the deep-rooted commitment of the Central New York workforce to RemArms’ survival and success over generations.
Roberts pledged UMWA’s unwavering support to the affected workers and their families, committing to exploring all legal means to retain the jobs in Ilion.
“As the affected workers and their families face an uncertain future, the UMWA rallies behind them, offering support and solidarity. The UMWA is committed to exploring all legal avenues to keep these union jobs where they belong, in Ilion, New York. Together, we will continue to fight for justice and the preservation of their jobs,” he stated.