July 19, 2024

Historic New York village that made weapons for 200 YEARS is ‘losing its soul’

A historic New York village faces ‘losing its soul’ after the nation’s oldest gunmaker, Remington, announced plans to shut its massive firearms factory next month – leaving entire families without work.

Eliphalet Remington forged his first rifle barrel in the village of Ilion in 1816 and over the next two centuries, his business grew into a one million square feet factory with thousands of employees.

But in December, the current Remington owners, RemArms, revealed it was moving operations to gun-friendly Georgia, and making 270 people redundant.

With a population of just 7,600, the factory has long been the town’s main employer.

Now, Mayor John Stephens, 57, said the village is set to lose $1 million in revenue when the plant closes, while local businesses will also take a ‘great financial hit’ – and that’s on top of the emotional toll.

Speaking to DailyMail.com, he said: ”It’s like the town is losing its soul. It’s almost like losing a family member. That’s the thing that people are struggling with, the nostalgia, the history. It feels like we are losing the identity of the town.’

Mayor Stephens, 57, said the plant is all he’s ‘ever known’ and that there are generations of families who have worked there – sometimes six or even seven.

His own father worked at the plant for 37 years and raised four children on a Remington paycheck.

He told DailyMail.com: ‘There are people that are 100 years old in this village and it’s all they’ve ever known. Ilion is Remington and Remington is Ilion’.

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February 21, 2024 4:26 pm

Remington Arms is not leading the exodus, it’s just joining in. These are just two of the nearly 160 companies that have fled New York since 2020 (coincidence – Biden elected) taking nearly $1 trillion with them. This AOC twit gives bar tenders everywhere a bad name. Hint for voters in the Bronx and Queens…. “voting stupid is not a winning strategy”.