(WKTV) - At least 105 jobs are lost at Remington Arms in Ilion, the union's president confirmed to NewsChannel 2 on Monday afternoon.
The union met with employees on Monday afternoon.
In May, the company announced that it was relocating 80 jobs from Ilion to Huntsville, Alabama. The jobs were relocated, but not the employees.
The closure of six Remington facilities was also announced in May. The Ilion facility turns 200 years old in 2016 and is the country's oldest gun manufacturer.
Assembly candidate Chris Farber, who will face Claudia Tenney in the GOP primary, released the following statement:
With the announcement of 105 positions being eliminated at the Remington plant in Ilion, NY Chris Farber, Republican candidate for the 101st Assembly District, expressed his concern for the families affected by the cuts.
“The families of the 105 employees being laid off from Remington Arms have been my constituents for the past 11 years and are my friends and neighbors who will need our help during this difficult time. It is unfortunate the current business climate in New York State does not encourage the growth or maintaining of jobs. There is a direct link to the over regulations and hostile attitude towards business to the loss of population in upstate New York,” stated Farber.
Remington Arms has a long tradition tied to the Mohawk Valley and has been part of the history of New York State. Remington has been providing jobs to New Yorkers for almost 200 years and has been one of the largest employers in the region.
When the SAFE Act was passed in the middle of the night it did not allow for any public discussion and today we are seeing the result of the lack of public debate with the reduction of the workforce at Remington Arms.
“I will work with anyone in the Assembly that will help Remington stay here and remain competitive in the global economy. I will do my best to help the employees who have been laid off in their time of need. If I am elected to the Assembly I will represent all of the hard working families of the 101st Assembly District. I promise to show up every day to fight for them so they can have the opportunity to work every day,” said Chris Farber.