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Donna ThompsonGateHouse New York
ILION — Workers at Remington Arms will be furloughed due to market trends, according to Ilion Mayor Terry Leonard, but the details have yet to be announced.
“I did talk to the plant manager early this afternoon and there will be a furlough — he didn’t say layoff, but they’ll be taking some days out of their production schedule between now and the end of the year,” Leonard said.
He was told the move is due to low demand and high inventory.
“They have more guns on the shelves than they have orders for,” the mayor said, adding more details would be available in the next few days. “People will be having some days off to adjust for high inventory. It’s not a layoff or a reduction of the workforce.”
Aaron LaVenture, president of UMWA Local No. 717, which represents Remington Arms employees, also stressed this would be a furlough, not a layoff.
He did not know how many workers would be affected or how long the furlough might last.
“We won’t have details until the end of week or maybe Monday. We know there’s an impending furlough, but there are a lot of mitigating circumstances,” he said.
State Assemblyman Marc Butler, R-Newport, said he had heard through media sources that workers would be furloughed through the end of the year.
“We were told during the last layoff that it was due to a slump in demand. I think this is a continuation of that downturn in the firearms market," Butler said. “Obviously we hope this is a temporary thing and we continue to offer support to Remington in any capacity they think they need it. We’re convinced it’s market forces that are driving it. Those things have historically been up and down with Remington.”
In September, Remington laid off 55 employees. That was the second round of layoffs this year. In March, 122 were laid off, including 110 members of the United Mine Workers of America Local 717.
Remington’s Ilion plant employed about 1,100 people prior to the March layoffs. The company also laid off 231 workers from the Ilion plant in August and November of 2014.
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