Small-town Creator of Firearms Faces Crisis
In this week’s MetroFocus, we feature a story from New York Now, a program from upstate public television station, WMHT-TV and the Times Union, about a gun manufacturer in Ilion, New York facing some tough times due to gun buy-backs.
The manufacturer, Remington Arms, was founded in 1816 and is the largest U.S. producer of shotguns and rifles.
Here are some quick facts about the Remington Firearms Plant in Ilion, New York:
- According to legend, a young Eliphalet Remington II crafted his first gun on his father’s forge located at Ilion Gulch, New York
- 1828: Remington moves its operations from Ilion Gulch to a site close to the newly built Erie Canal
- 1915: Construction started on an expansion of the Ilion facilities
- 1916: New Ilion plant in full operation
- 2004: company had revenues of approximately $393 million
- 2013: Distributes its products throughout U.S and in over 55 other countries
- 2013: Employs 1, 200 workers
- 2013: New gun-control laws passed on January 15
- 2013: Speculation that the company could lay off a few hundred workers in Ilion
- 2013: Roughly 40 of the guns manufactured in Ilion can no longer be sold to civilians in New York