ILION, N.Y. – The sale of Remington Outdoor Company, including the Ilion plant, is in the hands of the courts now, as the company finds itself in chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings for the second time in as many years. Company officials have no control over the outcome, or, whether guns will be made in Ilion once a sale is complete
"Where we make guns remains to be seen. That's going to be honestly up to the new owners, as to what they do with the business and what sites they continue. We are very hopeful and we are optimisitic, but I don't know if I would say it's likely," says media contact, Billy Hogue. "Our business is in the hands of the courts and the courts will run this bidding process and we can't guarantee the outcome."
Ilion Mayor, Brian Lamica, worked at Remington arms for a short time and has family members who worked at the plant. For him, the words, "bankruptcy" and "auction" are unsettling.
"It's dismantling, it's auctioning off equipment, buildings, it's auctioning off Ilion's past, it's our history. So an auction would not be the way we want to see anything go," says Lamica.
The Ilion plant makes more than just guns; for 200 years, it's made a living for many in the village and beyond. Franco's, in Ilion, sees Remington workers for three lunch shifts, daily. If the plant were to close, it would hurt them, but the owner is concerned about more than just himself.
"It means everything. That's this whole community. That's the biggest place around here. They've been here so long, I mean these people have raised their families working there, generations and generations of families worked there, and it'd be a huge impact. It'd be just like closing Griffiss in Rome," says owner, Daniel Mendez.