ILION, N.Y. -- The head of human resources for Remington Outdoor Company has been meeting over the past few days with the incoming owners -- and has walked away from those meetings very encouraged.
"What the new group has told me is that they are looking to rebuild in New York, specifically in the area. They are already in conversations with the union at the international and local level and they're gonna be reaching out to the state and they are cautiously optimistic we're gonna get there," says HR Director, Peter Tolmei.
The Round Hill Group is buying Remington Arms, minus the Marlin line.
"Layman's terms, just a real estate firm that's looking to make an investment, and a very strong investment, what they've done here and what they're going to do here, I left conversations with them being very positive," said Tolmei.
Between 750 and 800 people currently work at the Ilion plant. Roughly 200-250 of them work on the Marlin line. Ruger bought all Remington Outdoor's Marlin assets at the company's recent bankruptcy auction, and plans to move them to their existing plants. Remington Outdoor has told Remington Arms employees that on Monday, Oct. 12, they'd present them with one of three outcomes: continue furlough, termination, or job offer from the new company. It's not yet clear if retained workers' transitions would be seamless, or, they would have to reapply for their jobs. Not cloaked in any uncertainty: the future of the plant, itself, in Ilion.
"The legacy Remington products will remain here and be in production here," said Tolmei.
The president of the local chapter of the United Mine Workers of America, which represents local Remington Arms workers, did not return our call our text message.