(VitalNews.org) – A year after reaching a settlement with families of the Sandy Hook mass shooting, RemArms announced it will be shutting down its Ilion, New York, gun manufacturing facility in March 2024.
According to a report from the Observer-Dispatch last Friday, the firearms manufacturer once named the Remington Arms Company and now called RemArms will be closing down its oldest and most historic manufacturing facility in Ilion.
The company sent a letter out to union officials the day before the news broke, announcing that the company “decided to close its entire operations” at the Ilion Facility. The letter said that operations “will conclude on or about March 4, 2024,” and that the decision was not arrived at “lightly.”
Remington was founded in Ilion in 1816 and is the oldest continuously-run gun manufacturer in the US. The company has been struggling financially in recent years, filing for bankruptcy twice. Last year, RemArms agreed to a settlement of $73 million for families of the victims killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut in 2012. The case itself is historic, marking the first time a firearms manufacturer was ordered to issue a payout in relation to a mass shooting event. The company manufactured rifle used by the shooter, Adam Lanza, to kill 26 people.
Another email from the company’s press team laid out RemArms’ plans to expand in Georgia, a state friendlier to the firearms industry.
Cecil Roberts, president of the United Mine Workers of America (UMWA), responded to the announcement by urging RemArms to “reconsider” the decision and “explore alternative solutions.” Roberts called the situation “extremely disappointing” and a “slap in the face” for the company’s workers during the holidays, adding “insult to injury for those affected.”
Roberts also said the company won’t find the same “experience and dedication” from other workers compared to those “in Central New York” who worked at the Ilion plant “for generations.”
The UMWA president vowed to explore “all legal avenues” to help union workers in New York “fight for justice” and preserve their jobs.
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