Remington Arms to furlough nearly 500 workers

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ILION — About 500 workers at the Remington Arms gun factory in Ilion will be furloughed this summer, according to several media reports.

WKTV of Utica first reported the furlough and said it was confirmed by Ilion Mayor Brian Lamica.

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. It is headquartered in Madison, North Carolina, but traces its roots to its founding more 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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