(WKTV) - Remington officials announced Thursday that the Bushmaster and R1 lines will relocate to Huntsville, Ala.
"Yesterday we announced the consolidation of multiple company plants (including the Bushmaster and R1 lines from Ilion) into our Huntsville, AL facility. This was a strategic business decision to concentrate our resources into fewer locations and improve manufacturing efficiency and quality. We are working hard to retain as many people from the affected facilities as possible," said Teddy Novin, a company spokesman.
Six properties in the country are being closed and relocated. Only the two lines from Ilion are being moved, which will affect about 80 jobs.
According to the website outdoorwire.com, those companies that are being relocated are Advanced Armament Corp. in Lawrensville, Ga., Montana Rifelman in Kalispell, Mont., TAPCO in Kennesaw, Ga., LAR Manufacturing in West Jordan, Utah, Para-Ordnance in Pineville, N.C., and DPMS in St. Cloud, Minn.
U.S. Rep. Richard Hanna laid the blame of the transfer directly on the SAFE Act.
"Losing production lines at Remington is a direct result of the terribly flawed SAFE Act," Hanna said. "Let me be clear: Because the state banned these products, this falls directly at the feet of the governor and the legislature. It is a highly flawed legislative process that allows for the most prescriptive law in the nation to be rushed through with only token resistance."
State Sen. James L. Seward, (R/C/I-Oneonta) cited the SAFE Act as the problem, though mentioned it was reassuring that 1,000 jobs will remain in the area.
"Remington Arms has a storied history in Ilion, and I know that the decision to shift jobs out of New York is not made lightly," Seward said. "As the company shutters operations in other state like North Carolina Utah and Georgia to move them to the new Alabama plant in order to achieve efficiencies, it is at least reassuring that 1,000 good-paying jobs will remain here in the Mohawk Valley."
Seward says an effort is needed in Albany to show Remington support -- including a revision of the state's gun laws.
Assemblywoman Claudia Tenney, who is challenging Hanna for Congress, expressed her disapointment on the news. She has called for the repeal of the SAFE Act during her tenure as an assemblywoman.
"Although the SAFE Act is a direct violation of our Second Amendment rights, it is the high taxes and bloated government initiatives on the federal and state level that have left New York Sate dead last in business climate."