ILION, N.Y. -- It's now official, Remington is expanding into Alabama.
Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley (R) announced Monday that Remington Outdoor Company plans to open a new plant in Huntsville.
It was news met with some concern in Ilion, where Remington employs 1,300 people. But even though the company's CEO said that Remington will bring 2,000 jobs to the new Alabama plant over the next decade, local leaders say Mohawk Valley residents shouldn't worry.
State Sen. James Seward said over the weekend he was assured jobs in Ilion would be safe, a sentiment reinforced by a tweet tweet from Gov. Andrew Cuomo's spokesman.
Remington has been a part of the Ilion community for nearly 200 years.
While Seward says it's important to keep jobs in the Mohawk Valley, he also raises concerns about why the company chose not to expand locally.
He blames that in part on New York's gun control laws, saying, "Clearly, the SAFE Act played a role, hindering efforts to bring this expansion to New York.
Now, just over a year later, we are no safer, a portion of the law has been found unconstitutional, other portions cannot be enforced, and Remington is expanding out of state," Seward said.
CNY/NNY/S. Tier: Remington opening new plant in Alabama
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