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NY – INDUSTRY INSIDER – Yonkers firearms manufacturer shuttered amid New York industry trend

The latest casualty in News York’s poor relationship with firearms manufacturers is Kimber Arms. Remington Arms, located in Ilion, Herkimer County, had previously filed for bankruptcy and was subsequently sold off in pieces, forcing hundreds of workers on to the unemployment line. Remington had been battling New York over regulatory issues since 2013 and several other states had been making overtures to company officials, encouraging them to relocate the company’s operations to their state. Now, several hundred more jobs have been lost to Troy, Alabama because Kimber is shuttering its Yonkers facility. Along with its manufacturing operations, Kimber will also be relocating its corporate headquarters from New York to Alabama. Kimber had moved some of its operation last year. The company has announced that it will hire 366 workers to fill position in its new state-of-the-art, 225,000 square foot facility in Troy. Kimber is not an old manufacturer as gun companies go, but the company has developed a client base that includes the USA Shooting Team, LAPD SWAT and U.S. Marines assigned to Central Command. The company also espouses to be the world’s largest producer of 1911 pistols. Remington and Kimber are not the only casualties. Following passage of New York’s SAFE Act — the Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement Act of 2013 at least two the manufacturers pulled up stakes, American Tactical Imports and Kahr Arms. They moved their operations to South Carolina and Pennsylvania, respectively.  [full article]

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