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NY – GUN NEWS – Remington Arms plant could switch to making coronavirus supplies in upstate NY

With Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s executive order for all non-essential workers to stay home to stop the spread of the coronavirus in place, Remington Arms officials are offering their Ilion plant to be used as a manufacturing space for much-needed hospital supplies to fight the virus. It was announced Friday that manufacturing operations at the plant would be shut down until at least April 30 to comply with Cuomo’s order, which is freeing up space. “The Remington plant in Ilion now has approximately one million square feet of unused and available manufacturing space,” said Ken D’Arcy, chief executive officer of Remington Arms in a March 23 letter to Cuomo and President Donald Trump. “We would be honored to donate our facility to the production of ventilators, surgical masks, hospital beds or any other products mission-critical to the war on coronavirus.” D’Arcy noted in the letter that “ventilators are essential to winning this new kind of war and Remington stands ready to enlist in wartime production.” Ilion, a small Herkimer County village of about 8,000 people, is the birthplace of America’s oldest gunmaker, Remington Arms. It first opened there in 1816.  [full article]

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