Earlier today, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo issued an executive order requiring workers in all “non-essential” businesses in the state to stay at home.
As CNN reports,
The executive order takes effect Sunday evening, Cuomo said, and comes a day after California Gov. Gavin Newsom ordered the state’s nearly 40 million residents to stay home. The two states have a combined population of nearly 59 million people, meaning the two orders affect nearly 1 in 5 Americans.
Cuomo acknowledged that his actions “will cause disruption. They will cause businesses to close. They’ll cause employees to stay at home. I understand that. They will cause much unhappiness. I understand that also.”
The Governor is using the force of law to ensure compliance.
“These provisions will be enforced,” he said. “These are not helpful hints. This is not if you really want to be a great citizen. These are legal provisions. They will be enforced. There will be a civil fine and mandatory closure for any business that is not in compliance. Again, your actions can affect my health. That’s where we are.”
We’ve talked to individuals at Remington’s Ilion, New York plant who have told us they’ve been informed that the plant will be closed as non-essential under the order. So in the midst of the biggest gun buying boom in history, Remington will be losing a significant part of their manufacturing capacity.
Remington isn’t completely shut down, however. The company also has manufacturing operations in Huntsville, Alabama where some of their firearms are produced including handguns and AAC suppressors. Their ammunition is manufactured in Lonoke, Arkansas. Remington also operates Barnes in Mona, Utah and Dakota Arms in Sturgis, South Dakota.
We’ve reached out to Remington for comment, but have not received a response yet.
UPDATE: from a wktv.com post the Remington plant will be closed at least until the end of April . . .
[Herkimer County Legislature chairman] Vincent Bono says this is a huge hit for the county financially, “We are certainly concerned on how this will greatly effect the economic impact of Herkimer County while cognizant of the health concerns to workers. We know that Remington Arms is about 1/7th of the total economy of Herkimer County. This will be devastating to those workers and their families.”