Remington Arms reported to plan layoffs

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Remington Arms, the main employer in Ilion and one of Herkimer County’s anchor employers, is likely to lay off some workers, according to multiple media reports.

News organizations quoted Ilion Mayor Brian Lamica as saying the plant manager told him Monday that 200 layoffs will be spread among plants in Ilion, Alabama and Arkansas, but it was not clear how many would be let go at each location.

Remington Arms in Ilion had about 1,100 employees before about 120 were laid off in March 2017. About 55 more were laid off the following September and the company said in October 2017 that it was moving forward with temporary employee furloughs later in the year. It emerged from reorganization under U.S. Bankruptcy Court protection in mid-2018. The company does not have publicly traded stock. Its headquarters is in Madison, North Carolina, but traces its roots to its foundedmore than 200 years ago in Ilion.

No notice of impending layoffs was filed with the New York state Department of Labor as of this morning. The New York State Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act requires private businesses with 50 or more employees to give notice of closings or layoffs involving 33 percent of workers at one site or of 250 or more full-time workers. 

Workers at the plant are represented by the United Mine Workers. Representatives could not be reached for comment today.

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