March 12, 2013
There's been some positive news for worried employees of the gun manufacturer Remington Arms based near Utica. News of fresh investment and a large military contract have them feeling more secure about their future.
Last week several Mohawk Valley lawmakers met with representatives from Remington's parent company. They say they've secured a pledge from the company to invest $20 million into the Ilion plant.
Then on Friday, Congressman Richard Hanna announced an $80 million military contract for Remington to build sniper rifles.
Union representative Frank "Rusty" Brown says the news offers a "glimmer of hope" that Remington will remain in upstate New York.
"We're pretty optimistic," he says. "You know, it's starting to look better and better. I'm sure we have other irons in the fire of other contracts because we're very busy."
Since New York passed new gun control legislation in January, several states have reached out to Remington and invited the company to relocate.
Remington has been in Ilion since 1816 and employs more than 1200 people.
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