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NY – INDUSTRY INSIDER – Plant-Wide Furlough At Remington Arms; More Than 600 Affected (VIDEO)

More than 600 Remingon Arms workers were furloughed Thursday. They learned through an email from Remington Outdoor Company CEO, Ken D’Arcy, when they got to work Thursday. They left the plant shortly after learning of the plant-wide furlough, at around 12:30. “Hard to believe. Hard to believe,” said 21-year employee, Randy Williams, sitting on a stone wall outside the plant, Thursday afternoon. Williams is well acquainted with the rollercoaster of furloughs, shutdowns and uncertainty that has become Remington over the past several years. But he says this time, it feels different. “It’s never been like this. Never.” The email said the company had to curtail operations due to liquidity issues, resulting in material shortages. The workers are home with pay through September 29th, so technically, the furlough, which makes them eligible for unemployment, starts September 30th. Remington Outdoor Company’s bankruptcy and auction are currently underway. The good news: many bids are coming in. The potentially bad news: it’s not known if they’re for the entire company, as a whole, or bits & pieces. The president of UMWA Local 717 union is optimistic the process will end with purchase of the entire company, and the Ilion plant will emerge, still making guns. “I’m gonna tell you right now, I’m optimistic. We’ve been making good quality guns out of that place for a long time. The workforce is second to none,” said Jeff Madison. Among those hoping for the best and preparing for the worst-Herkimer County Working Solutions. They say Remington Arms employees are eligible for hefty benefits through a federal retraining program.  [full article]

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