Nearly all of the approximately 600 workers at the Remington Arms gun factory in Ilion, one of the Mohawk Valley’s largest employers, are furloughed starting Wednesday as the parent company nears a sale out of bankruptcy, according to the union representing most workers there.
All but a handful of the workers were furloughed, with a few remaining to monitor the site, according to a spokesman for the United Mine Workers of America. All employees are receiving eight hours of pay and benefits through Tuesday, according to the union.
The furlough comes after Remington Outdoor Company filed July 27 for reorganization under federal bankruptcy law and the company and related debtors filed the next day for a sale of assets. A hearing on the sale is scheduled for 9 a.m. Tuesday in bankruptcy court in Alabama, where the company’s headquarters are.
The filing followed a 2019 U.S. Supreme Court ruling allowing families of those killed in the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., in 2012, in which a Remington semi-automatic rifle was used, to proceed.