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By Larry Keane

Score another legendary firearm manufacturer setting down roots in a friendlier state. Remington Firearms announced the company will establish a corporate headquarters and expand production in La Grange, Georgia.

“The decision to locate in Georgia is very simple, the state of Georgia is not only a business-friendly state, it’s a firearms friendly state,” said Remington Firearms CEO Ken D’Arcy to media.

The announcement marks yet another gun maker that is investing in a state that respects the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding citizens and values the contributions firearm manufacturers make to a state’s economy. Remington will be joining several other firearm manufacturers that call Georgia home, including Daniel Defense in Savannah, GLOCK in Smyrna, BPI Outdoors which owns the brands Bergara and CVA in Lawrenceville and Taurus which relocated to Bainbridge.

Brian Kemp
Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

Georgia Republican Gov. Brian Kemp made the announcement of Remington Arms’ establishing a global headquarters and opening a new advanced manufacturing operation as well as a research and development center. The company is investing $100 million and creating 856 jobs in Georgia’s Troup County, near Georgia’s western border. This announcement will add to the 10,000 Georgians holding jobs related to the firearm industry and boost the firearm industry’s economic impact of $2.1 billion.

“The state’s firearms industry is responsible for thousands of Georgia jobs and millions of dollars of investment in our communities,” Gov. Kemp said in a press release. “It’s a pleasure to welcome Remington Firearms, with its rich American history, to their new home and global headquarters in the Peach State. I look forward to seeing the opportunities RemArms creates across west Georgia.”

New Beginnings

D’Arcy explained that Georgia has already made the historic firearm manufacturer feel at home.

Remington 1911 R1 Ultralight Executive
Dan Z. for TTAG

“We are very excited to come to Georgia, a state that not only welcomes business but enthusiastically supports and welcomes companies in the firearms industry,” D’Arcy said. “Between the support we’ve received from the state and from Scott Malone and Kelley Bush of the City of LaGrange Economic Development Authority, we cannot wait to expand our company in Georgia. Everyone involved in this process has shown how important business is to the state and how welcoming they are to all business, including the firearms industry.”

The announcement marks a turning point for the 205-year-old firearm maker, which was founded in 1816. Remington Firearms was purchased by Roundhill Group investors after bankruptcy proceedings last year. Production of the flagship rifles and shotguns resumed at the Ilion, N.Y., factory and will continue with plans to continue growing the workforce there.

Remington Firearms plans to move equipment that was located at the former Huntsville, Ala., location to the new headquarters in La Grange. Production in Georgia will include firearm models not currently made in the Ilion factory.

Warmer, Friendlier Climate

The move will protect Remington Firearms from attacks by gun control politicians against firearm manufacturers. Disgraced former Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo ordered all firearm-related businesses to be closed during the COVID-19 pandemic. That was despite Remington’s offer to provide state authorities personal protective equipment and factory space to fight the pandemic.

D’Arcy sent a letter to then-Gov. Cuomo saying, “Remington is ready to enlist in wartime production.” D’Arcy offered to provide factory space to be used to make “ventilators, surgical masks, hospital beds or any other products mission-critical to the war on coronavirus.”

That was at a time when New York was suffering from crippling hospitalization rates and deaths associated with coronavirus. Gov. Cuomo never took up Remington’s offer. New York’s antipathy and animosity toward gun makers didn’t stop there.

Gov. Cuomo signed a law that would allow victims of criminal misuse of firearms to sue gun makers, distributors and retailers. That was despite the fact that firearms used were being wrongfully and criminally misused and had no relationship with a manufacturer. The law is an attempt to circumvent federal law — the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act – which prohibits harassing and baseless lawsuits from proceeding.s

Remington’s Georgia move buffers the manufacturer from these types of measures and Remington’s move to expand to a southern footprint follows a well-worn path. Smith & Wesson just announced the company would move its corporate headquarters to Tennessee following legislation that was introduced in Massachusetts that would ban the manufacturer from producing modern sporting rifles (MSRs), which are the most popular selling semiautomatic centerfire rifles today. Dark Storm Industries pulled roots from New York to Florida. Kimber expanded production in Troy, Ala., several year ago and later announced it was moving its corporate headquarters out of Yonkers to its Troy location.

Firearm manufacturers are showing state elected officials they’re willing to invest their future in states that respect the firearm industry and the contributions it makes. Here’s a running list of those companies:

  • Alabama
    • Kimber expanded production to Troy, over Yonkers, N.Y. It later relocated the corporate headquarters to Alabama.
  • Georgia
    • Remington Firearms announced it will establish a global headquarters, research and development and expand production in La Grange.
    • Taurus moved production to Bainbridge, Ga., from South Florida in 2019.
  • Iowa
    • Les Baer moved from restrictive Illinois to LeClaire, Iowa, in 2007.
    • Lewis Machine & Tool Company (LMT) left Illinois after 40 years to relocate to Iowa in 2019.
  • Florida
    • Dark Storm Industries announced the company is moving from Oakdale, N.Y. to Titusville, Fla., with plans to open there in 2022.
  • Mississippi
    • Olin Corporation’s Winchester Ammunition moved from East Alton, Ill., to Oxford in 2011.
  • North Carolina
    • Sturm, Ruger and Co. expanded production in Mayodan in 2013.
  • Pennsylvania
    • Kahr Arms moved their headquarters to Greely, Penn., from New York after the state rushed through passage of the SAFE Act.
  • South Carolina
    • American Tactical Imports relocated 100 jobs and its manufacturing from Rochester, N.Y., to Summerville, S.C., in 2013.
    • PTR Industries left Connecticut for Aynor in 2013, where it set up shop.
  • Tennessee
    • Beretta moved firearm production and engineering and design to Gallatin, Tenn., from Maryland in 2015 over concerns of increasingly strict gun control legislation.
    • Smith & Wesson announced it was moving the company headquarters and some production to Maryville in 2021. It broke ground on the new facility expected to open in 2023.
  • Texas
    • Mossberg expanded production in Eagle Pass, Texas, in 2013, instead of growing its New Haven, Conn., plant.
    • Colt Competition moved from Canby, Ore., to Breckenridge, Texas, in 2013.
  • Wyoming
    • Magpul Industries left Boulder, Colo., after the state passed magazine restrictions and moved production to Laramie, Wyo.
    • Weatherby Inc.’s Adam Weatherby announced at SHOT Show in 2018 he was moving the company from California to Sheridan, Wyo.
    • Accessories maker HiViz announced in 2013 they were leaving Fort Collins, Colo., over restrictive gun control legislation to Laramie.
    • Stag Arms announced in 2019 they were opening their new facility in Cheyenne, Wyo., after leaving their former headquarters in New Britain, Conn.

 

Larry Keane is SVP for Government and Public Affairs, Assistant Secretary and General Counsel of the National Shooting Sports Foundation.

 

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14 COMMENTS

  1. “Laws” that allow an individual to sue a gun manufacturer for the misuse of their product by a person that they did NOT sell to is asinine on its face.

  2. Gotta say back when The Civil War hit all the arms makers were in the north the reversal is interesting to say the least.

    I would expect a lot of Norinco to come in should things really touch off though. Maybe the Taliban would sell us back some of our own gear.

  3. I would say that I hope these people, that put their heart and soul into these companies, find peace and a source of a reliable income… but they probably will pull the “D” lever in the next election soooo… you can”t fix moron..

  4. R?
    Are you kidding me?
    Many see the green “R” as the mark of the beast. It’s where everything goes to wither and die. Even the “R” branded gun cleaning I owned was a steaming pile. Threaded items such as rods/cables/T-handles/brushes would “strip out” after a few uses.
    When “the beast” acquired ParaOrd (and all related designs), I added a NIB ParaOrd wide frame/double stack 1911 to my collection.
    I received offers for over three times what I paid for it while “R” produced wideframes we’re going unsold at deeply discounted prices.
    My local range had some “R” wideframes to sell, decided to add one to the rental gun selection. The thing wouldn’t run at all.

    I remember seeing an “R” ad for the gun where they claimed to have “perfected the design”. 🤣 I LMAO! 🤣

    My neighbor had a “new design” Pederson action R51. More to the point, he had FOUR of them. He would send it back for repair, “R” would declare it UNREPAIRABLE, then send him back a replacement NIB example. He traded that near new 4th R51 (and a few Benji’s) for a nearly worn out P99 Gen1. He was extremely happy with that deal.

    “Gotta say back when The Civil War hit all the arms makers were in the north the reversal is interesting to say the least.”

    Let the north keep “R”. Will just make them easier to beat. 🤔

  5. Today in Freedom’s History:11/10/1775 The United States Marines were Organized by Authority of the Continental Congress. Semper Fi….Ooh Rah…Marine. Thank a Marine today and All Vets Tomorrow. Thank You for Your Service and the Sacrifices of Your Family. In Liberty.

  6. When a company spurts outright lies regarding their product in the face of indisputable evidence it is no wonder it goes belly up.

    I just hope those individual who lied to me were not retained by the new owners.

  7. Finally, Remington makes the move they should have made 40 to 50 years ago when the State began its campaign against Gun Manufacturers.

    Why any manufacturer or organization stays in unfriendly States puzzles me. Especially when there are so many Gun Friendly States willing to make all kinds of concessions and incentives to add to the State’s successes.

  8. “ Remington Firearms announced the company will establish a corporate headquarters and expand production in La Grange, Georgia.”

    “Production of the flagship rifles and shotguns resumed at the Ilion, N.Y., factory and will continue with plans to continue growing the workforce there.”

    So it looks like the suits are leaving for a warmer climate, and the workers stay behind to continue churning out long guns…

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