ILION, N.Y. -- Nearly 500 Remington Arms workers will be unemployed for most of the summer, and now Working Solutions is helping those workers file for unemployment.
The furlough will begin on Monday, June 3 and will last through August 12.
Normally, there's a paid two-week shutdown in the summer, and that paid two week period will be in July.
Representatives from Working Solutions say workers are not required to seek other employment and they should qualify for the full unemployment amount.
"Furlough is different than a permanent layoff so that’s a good thing except for the fact that it's reduced wages for them. The maximum unemployment I believe is $405 a week, and they'll probably all be eligible for that because of what they make there. So that will probably be considerably less than what their normal weekly wage is,” said a representative with Working Solutions.
Workers can open their claims for unemployment next week.
Approximately 280 workers will remain at the plant throughout the furlough.
The reason the company told Ilion Mayor Brian Lamica that the furlough is happening is due of a softening gun market, and they have plenty of inventory in the warehouse.